Football Star Tells Soldiers to Get Help During “High Risk” Period

Heisman Trophy winner and Pro Bowl running back Herschel Walker told soldiers at Fort Campbell Wednesday that asking for help is a sign of courage, not weakness.

The Army has been trying to get rid of a long-running stigma associated with mental health treatment. Walker shared his own story.

Pro Bowl running back Herschel Walker talks to soldiers at Fort Campbell.

Pro Bowl running back Herschel Walker talks to soldiers at Fort Campbell.

Many soldiers are coping with post traumatic stress disorder. Herschel Walker’s diagnosis was multiple personalities. But he says the symptoms can be similar. Russian roulette, he says, was his game of choice. In his alternate state, Walker says he even threatened his wife with a knife.

“I say, if I had not gotten the help, I may not be here today. Or my loved ones, some of them might not be here.”

The Army is on track to break another record this year for soldier suicides. Fort Campbell has shown some improvement, but Col. Paul Cordts says it’s a critical time on post.

“We’re in a high risk period right now. Most of the soldiers are now back. The 101st Division will deploy again. We’re in an interval where we could help those soldiers that need help. And we’re hoping they’ll step forward.”

Cordts says Herschel Walker’s encouragement could be the nudge some struggling soldiers need to take that step.

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