NEW PODCAST: Chad Robichaux, Former Marine and Pro MMA Champion

Chad Robichaux and his wife Kathy. (Photo Courtesy: Chad Robichaux)

THIS IS EPISODE 54 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

Chad Robichaux served in the United States Marine Corps, going on eight tours of duty in Afghanistan, fighting against terrorism.

He is a true hero.

Chad is the president and founder of Mighty Oaks Foundation, a leading military nonprofit serving the US military active-duty and veteran communities with highly successful peer-to-peer, faith-based, combat-trauma programs and combat-resiliency conferences. Chad and his team are dedicated to helping America’s military warriors and their families suffering from the unseen wounds of combat such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Chad and his wife, Kathy, have been married for twenty-two years and have three children. After years of deployments, their family personally faced the challenges of PTSD. Through the struggles that warriors face returning home, they now share a story of a victory in Christ and have dedicated their lives to sharing that story to mentor others like them.

Chad has been featured on such media outlets as Fox News, ForbesThe O’Reilly FactorThe Blaze with Glenn Beck, USA TodayChristian Post, Focus on the Family, The 700 Club, and a short biography film by I Am Second.

Chad is a Medal of Valor recipient for his bravery beyond the call of duty in law enforcement. Outside of his work with veterans, Chad and his sons train and teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He is a third-degree black belt and a former Pro MMA world champion who has used his platform to advocate for civilian support of America’s warriors returning home while competing in the sport’s biggest events such as NBC’s World Series of Fighting, Showtime’s StrikeForce, MTV2’s Bellator FC, and Legacy FC on HDNet and AXStv.

On this episode of the podcast, Chad shares his incredible journey from growing up in a broken home, losing his brother at an early age, joining the military, describing some of the most horrific situations a person could ever endure, how he came to Christ, and his desire to help save lives by serving and helping others suffering from PTSD.

TIMELINE:

3:15 – Why he wrote the book “An UnFair Advantage” to share his story.

6:50 – Growing up and what sports looked like as a kid.

8:25 – Family dynamic growing up the son of a marine.

10:05 – Losing his brother at the age of 14.

11:05 – Growing up Roman Catholic

15:50 – Being married and being a Dad at the age of 20

17:40 – Entering law enforcement

18:20 – Having to kill someone on duty

25:10 – Police Shootings and the rarity of them

28:05 – Getting deployed to Afghanistan

33:30 – What evil looked like in Afghanistan

45:05 – The lowest point for Chad.

53:30 – Putting the pieces back together in his family.

56:05 – PTSD and over 20 soldiers a day committing suicides.

61:05 – What he’s learning from God right now.

QUOTES:

“I knew my life would never be the same. I just knew I was going to be a part of this.”

“I didn’t care who I hurt. I was completely selfish and self driven.”

“I had no accountability. I was like a train without brakes.”

“My wife and I sat our kids down and said we were going to divorce.”

“Men of God aren’t weak. There’s nothing more bold, and courageous and masculine in this world than a man of God willing to stand up to the evils of this world. It changed everything for me.”

“I am learning to have the patience to let go and trust God in anything and everything.”

“If we’re in God’s will, we’ll always end up in the right place.”

Chad Robichaux in a taping for I Am Second. (Photo Courtesy: I Am Second/You Tube)

To learn more about Chad and his work, check out MightyOaksPrograms.org or follow him on twitter @ChadRobo


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