Force Recon Marine, Pro MMA Champion, Author, Founder of Mighty Oaks Foundation
Chad Robichaux Bio
Chad Robichaux has lived an extraordinary life. A former Force Recon Marine, JSOC operator, Federal Agent and professional MMA champion, Chad has overcome incredible challenges and found success in a wide range of fields, from entrepreneurship to non-profit advocacy. But perhaps most importantly, Chad has dedicated his life to helping others overcome challenges and find a renewed sense of purpose.
Chad's journey began in the special operations community, where he served on eight deployments to Afghanistan as part of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) Task Force. During his time in the military, he witnessed firsthand the toll that war can take on those who serve and found himself adrift, unsure of what to do next after struggling with PTSd.
Although outwardly successful as a BJJ black belt and pro MMA fighter, Chad found himself feeling purposeless and nearly became a veteran suicide statistic. It was during this difficult period that Chad found restoration through his faith in becoming a Christian, which offered him a renewed sense of purpose and direction, opening a new chapter in his life.
With a deep burden to pay it forward, Chad founded the Mighty Oaks Foundation in 2011, which has become a leading non-profit organization dedicated to helping active duty, military veterans, first responders and their families overcome the difficulties of their service. Mighty Oaks Foundation has served over 500,000 Warriors around the world, helping them to find healing and hope through their highly successful faith-based trauma and resiliency programs.
As a speaker, Chad draws upon his personal experiences to deliver powerful messages on leadership, resiliency, courage and faith. He is a sought-after keynote speaker for corporate events, non-profit organizations, and faith-based groups, and has inspired audiences around the world with his authentic and relatable style. Chad's message is simple: no matter what challenges you face, there is always hope for a purposeful future. Through faith, hard work, determination, and collaboration, anything is possible.
Chad is a current 4th degree BJJ black belt under Carlson Gracie Jr., the current Brand Ambassador for Smith & Wesson firearms and the author of multiple books, including “Saving Aziz,” which outlines his heroic, life-saving mission to rescue his Afghan interpreter and 17,000 others from Afghanistan in 2021 (which is being made into a major motion picture), and "An Unfair Advantage," which details his personal journey and offers practical advice for veterans and others struggling with PTSD and other forms of trauma. Chad is also featured in documentaries Never Fight Alone, Send Me, Escape from Afghanistan, and a short testimonial film by I Am Second.
In short, Chad Robichaux has lived an extraordinary life and has dedicated himself to helping others find healing and hope. As a speaker, he is a powerful and inspiring voice, and one whose message is sure to resonate with audiences of all backgrounds and experiences.