Herschel Walker will visit the Lowcountry to share this message with area service members: It's OK to ask for help.
The former University of Georgia football star and NFL running back will speak Aug. 5 at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island. He will be at the air station theater from 10 a.m. until noon and at the Parris Island theater from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., with autograph sessions to follow.
The sessions are open to service members and dependents and anyone who normally has access to the bases, according to the air station public affairs office.
Walker is part of The Patriot Support Program Anti-stigma Campaign, the premise of which is that treatment begins when a service member asks for help. The campaign seeks to end the stigma mental illness and substance disorders carry in the military community.
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In a 2008 book, Walker revealed he has dissociative identity disorder, previously known as multiple personality disorder. He is a spokesman for Patriot Support Programs, which provides service members support with depression, post traumatic stress, addiction and other behavioral health issues.
Walker is a a member of the College Football Hall of Fame after winning the 1982 Heisman Trophy with the Bulldogs. He set 10 NCAA records, including its freshman rushing record, and was a three-time All-American.
He also broke the Southeastern Conference career scoring record.