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News | Oct. 17, 2019

Herschel Walker brings a message of hope

By DLA Distribution Public Affairs

Herschel Walker visited Robins Air Force Base and Defense Logistics Agency Distribution Warner Robins, Georgia, bringing with him a message of supporting mental wellness through the Patriot Support Program Aug. 16.

According to the Patriot Support Program website, Walker has served as a national spokesperson since 2008, visiting military installations and bringing a message encouraging others to seek help for mental wellness. He uses his own struggles to relate to people.

“We tend to view getting help like it is a bad thing and that stigma shouldn’t be there,” said Walker. “It’s a good thing to seek help. To get help in going through something that you can’t handle yourself.”

Walker spoke to a crowd of about 800 military and civilian employees at Robins Air Force Base.

“Superman and Batman don’t exist but our United States military do,” said Walker. “You are the true heroes. You are the soul of the United States of America.”

“We all fall short in some areas of our lives—remember we are not alone—seeking help doesn't take anything away from your life," said James Lee, DDWG Performance Excellence Team. “Addressing a loved one’s issue may require community reinforcements and family training. Family and friends can work with a counselor to confront some issues the person may be dealing with.”

Demarcus Watson, DDWG Human Resource Department, has seen how workplace productivity is impacted by behavioral health issues such as depression, substance abuse, anxiety and disrupted sleep. 

“He has enlightened my awareness on mental health issues,” said Watson. “Herschel has done so many things, as an athlete he never gave up on himself. His resilience and recognizing he had a mental illness, help me realize when life obstacles get the best of you, don't give up on yourself and your vision."

Walker’s notoriety as a Heisman Trophy winner and a professional athlete seemed to help carry his message of hope to those in attendance.

“I've learned that it doesn’t matter if you are rich and famous,” said James Hall who attended. “Herschel realized he needed some help, sometimes people need help. Some obstacles may be really tough. Having a good support system has helped me get through some tough times.”