MIGHTY OAKS WARRIOR PROGRAMS HONORED AT THE MARINE CORPS WARRIOR TRIALS
Serving California and their Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs work to reverse the staggering trends of suicide and divorce among active duty and veteran
military service members.
Los Angeles, CA – Chad Robichaux, Vice President of Veteran Affairs at Serving California and Founder of Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs, was honored to participate as the keynote speaker for the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Marine Corps Warrior Trials. The event hosted nearly 1,000 Warriors and supporters. There, Robichaux was ready and eager to give his speech to honor and motivate the Warriors who would compete in the trials, but was surprised and humbled that he also would be recognized and presented with an award by the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps for Robichaux’s unwavering commitment to serving his fellow Marines and Warriors through Mighty Oaks. Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs is privileged to be one of the few programs trusted by the US Marine Corps to receive Marines and Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Sailors on official military orders to help them overcome the hardships of combat trauma.
Robichaux offered a message of inspiration in his closing remarks, reminding the Warriors of who they are: “While some may look at you with pity and feel sorry for you, what they don’t account for is the Warrior Spirit of a United States Marine! Be an example for others, that regardless of our personal hardships, Marines should never be counted out of the fight. Marines… Warriors…. I’m so proud of each of you for giving the world that example. You are continuing to serve as a beacon of hope to all who will see.”
The 2015 Marine Corps Warrior Trials were recently completed at Camp Pendleton, where more than 300 wounded, ill or injured Marines and International competitors participate in an 8-sport Paralympic-style competition. The purpose of the Warrior Trials is to provide an opportunity for all wounded, ill or injured Marines to further the rehabilitation of their minds, bodies, and spirits through competition and camaraderie.
Robichaux spoke alongside the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, SgtMaj Green, 18th SMMC, the Commanding General of I MEF, Lt General David H. Berger, and the 1st Marine Division Commanding General, Major Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson as well as other Generals and Sergeants Major such as the Sergeant Major USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment, SgtMaj Mack. SgtMaj Green and Mack recognized Robichaux by presenting him with a beautiful Marine Corps plaque acknowledging his continued service to his fellow Warriors.
Mighty Oaks Warrior Program is dedicated to meeting the needs of our active-duty military, veterans and their families who are suffering from the effects of PTS and combat trauma. With an intensive peer-based program men, women, and couples, Mighty Oaks is committed to helping Warriors overcome their enduring hardship after service to America through instructional sessions, camaraderie, and team building activities, programs teach Warriors to overcome the past experience and move forward into a life of purpose. The Mighty Oaks Fight Club works on the frontlines to fight the staggering national statistics of 23 veteran suicides per day and the 80-90% divorce rate among deployed families. Mighty Oaks is now launching local “Outposts” in several locations across the United States, where active duty military, veterans and Mighty Oaks alumni who are struggling with reintegration, PTS or combat trauma can come together weekly under the commitment that “No Man Fights Alone”.
For Warriors or families in need, or to support Mighty Oaks, visit www.MightyOaksPrograms.org
About Mighty Oaks
Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs is committed to serving the brokenhearted by providing intensive peer-based discipleship through a series of programs, outpost meetings, and speaking events. Our Fight Club and Marriage Advance Programs take place at SkyRose Ranch in Central California and run from four to seven days. The Warriors who attend are fully sponsored with all travel arrangements, meals, and lodging needs to ensure that upon arrival to the ranch, each Warrior is focused solely on their recovery and identifying purpose moving forward.
About Chad Robichaux
Chad served America as a prestigious US Special Operations Force Recon Marine, and is now one of the US Military’s top resources in re-integrating returning combat veterans into society. Chad has earned a PhD and MBA from New York Tech and is a Board Certified Pastoral Counselor with a specialty in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by the BCPPC and AACC. After serving 8 tours in the Afghanistan War on Terror, Chad and his family spent years recovering from their own battles with PTSD, now sharing a story of moving from tragedy to triumph over the issues that many warriors and their families face when they return home. Chad and wife, Kathy, now dedicate their lives to sharing that story and to mentoring other veterans like him through the Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs. In addition to Chad’s military service, he has served our nation as a Federal Special Agent with the US Federal Air Marshal Service, operated for the Department of Defense (DoD) Special Operations Command (SOCOM), and was a Senior Program Manager for the US State Department in the elite International Surveillance Detection Program. Chad is a Medal of Valor Recipient for his bravery beyond the call of duty in law enforcement, a Best Selling Author and is a former Professional Mixed Martial Arts Fighter and Champion with a 19-2 Pro Record.
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Photo – from Left to Right – Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps SgtMaj Green, Mighty Oaks Founder Robichaux, Sergeant Major USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment SgtMaj Mack.
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