Republican Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker has claimed that he has either founded, co-founded, or operated a charity group that has helped thousands of veterans cope with mental health issues, but an investigation by the Associated Press discovered that he is actually just a paid spokesperson.
“About fifteen years ago, I started a program called Patriot Support,” Walker said in an interview with conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt last October. In an interview with a Savannah television station, Walker claimed, “People need to know I started a military program, a military program that treats (thousands) of soldiers a year.”
Patriot Support is a program started by Universal Health Systems to assist veterans with behavioral health programs. I hired Walker as a spokesperson, paying him more than $300,000 last year alone. He has no operational role with UHS or the program.
The lie is another in a series of lies and exaggerations made by Walker about his career and life. He claimed to have finished his college career at the University of Georgia, were he was a star football player, at top of his class, but in fact, he never graduated. In 2020, he claimed to have invented a mist that killed the coronavirus; it didn’t.
Worse still, Patriot Support was investigated by the federal government and at least two dozen states, suspected of defrauding federal and state agencies for directing veterans with government-paid insurance into expensive programs they did not need. The company paid more than $120 million to setting the cases.
Walker has a long, documented history of mental health issues he acknowledges. He is reportedly bipolar, and he allegedly threatened bodily harm to his ex-wife.