Former NFL Great Herschel Walker Tackles Topic Of Mental Illness

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FT. LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (WIBW) - A former NFL great tackled the tough topic of mental illness Tuesday.

Herschel Walker visited Fort Leavenworth as part of the Patriot Support Program's Anti-Stigma Campaign. The military is stepping up efforts to encourage service men and women to get help for mental illness.

Walker knows the issue well. He struggled with dissociative identity disorder after his playing days. Walker says he wants people to know there is nothing to be ashamed about in seeking a diagnosis and treatment.

"People think you lose your masculinity and I'm here to say that you don't, you're not less of a person," he said.

After his speech, Walker took time to meet with soldiers and their families and sign autographs.

The Anti-Stigma Campaign has traveled to 30 installations, meeting with 60,000 troops.

Walker's visit coincided with September's Suicide Prevention Month.