Football legend Hershel Walker encourages soldiers at Fort Benning

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - Football legend Hershel Walker visited Fort Benning Tuesday.

The Heisman Trophy winner spoke for more than an hour to soldiers and fans in Marshall Auditorium.

He spoke about his life, career and post-football experiences. Walker also shared his struggle with mental illness and how he was diagnosed dissociative identity disorder, previously called multiple personality disorder.

It's a condition that is usually a reaction to trauma to help a person avoid bad memories. He wants soldiers struggling with PTSD to know that there is no shame in asking for help.

"For a long time, I was the epitome of strength. I went to a hospital and when I got out of the hospital and I have been the best I have ever been. I run faster. I am fighting and creating companies. I think you just have to remove that stigma," said Walker.

After speaking, Walker took photos and signed autographs with soldiers. He also visited patients at Martin Army Hospital.

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