I’m walking around outside, so you may be able to hear frogs in the background. I’m talking to you about something I learned today at a prayer breakfast.
The speaker was Chad Robichaux. He’s a veteran Special Ops Recon Marine who served numerous tours in Afghanistan. The experience left him with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Hearing Chad speak made me realize how real and how serious PTSD is. A lot of veterans have it and they need help. The VA Health Administration is overwhelmed right now and citizen support is required.
Chad started a ministry called the Mighty Oaks Foundation that gives free help to vets with PTSD. The foundation hosts peer-based programs for PTSD sufferers in various natural settings where Mighty Oaks has lodges.
Attendees are encouraged to relax in these beautiful surroundings and begin discovering the purpose for the rest of their lives. Programs for men and women are held separately.
The foundation also stages Resiliency Programs on military bases around the country as they believe preparation for deployment and early-to-immediate post-combat intervention is crucial.
Chad shared one of the main tenets of Marine Special Ops training which is, if you find yourself on the X, get off of it. First, recognize you’re in trouble (on the X) and get out of the situation (off the X) any way you can as quickly as you can.
This applies to life, too. You could be on the X in your business, in your marriage, just in general. Be honest and acknowledge you’re on the X and do something about it.
That doesn’tmean close your business or leave your marriage. It means to observe where and what the X is and go after it. Talk to your spouse or your business partner and work on the X together.
I’ll post links to some of Chad’s videos because he can explain it much better than I can.
Listen and learn:
- PTSD is a real affliction that affects most of our veterans to some degree.
- It takes empathy and long-term support to treat PTSD.
- Like a Special Ops Marine, if you find yourself in a spot (on the X), get off of it.
- Be honest in your evaluation(s), recognize when you’re on the X and take action to get off.
Mentioned in this episode:
- Joe’s podcasts on iTunes: Real Estate Investing Mastery Podcast
- Chad Robichaux’s testimony I Am Second
- Chad Robichaux’s outreach: The Mighty Oaks Foundation
- Chad Robichaux on Youtube: Everyday I fight
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