TWO wounded military veterans who have just completed a 1,000-charity mile walk across America are set to visit a school near Tenbury.

There will be a chance for people to meet with them tomorrow.

The men took part in the ‘Walk of America’ expedition and will be at Abberley Hall School on September 28 to share their experiences with a public audience.

The expedition, which saw three British and three American veterans walk from the west to the east coast of the US over a 12-week period, finished with a celebration at the White House with former vice president Joe Biden.

Victoria Beswick, marketing director at Abberley Hall, said that the school is extremely excited about the visit.

“We are very honoured to have been chosen as a venue for the veterans’ visit which has been arranged as part of our major World War One centenary commemorations and through a parent who has links with the organisers,” she said.

“All pupils and parents are really looking forward to hearing about this amazing expedition and we are hoping as many members of the public will come along too.”

Starting in Los Angeles on the June 2, the walk was created as a platform to tell the stories of wounded veterans and their individual journeys from injury to the present day and more specifically to engage in a wider conversation around mental health.

Although people often think about the physical injuries suffered by men and women in the services a problem that is too often neglected is the damage that war can do to mental health.

More servicemen who took part in the Falklands War have since died by their own hand than lost their lives in the fighting.

Many struggle to adapt to civilian life because of mental illness.

It also raised vital funds for veterans both sides of the Atlantic against the background of the centenary commemorations of the Great War, a conflict which saw British and American soldiers fighting side by side.

Andrew Cook, director of fundraising, who accompanied the men on their walk, is coming to Abberley with two of the three British contingent Kev Carr and Jonny Burns.

They will land in London today, the day before visiting Abberley, having spent the previous week fulfilling huge media engagements in America and attending invitations to venues including the White House.

The free event at Abberley Hall will be held on Friday, September 28, from 6.30pm in the school’s Ashton Hall.