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In Rememberance Of 9/11 Help Make A Difference



In Rememberance Of 9/11 Help Make A Difference

I remember September 11, 2001.  I remember hearing about the planes being taken over by terrorists and hitting the twin towers and the World Trade Center. I remember listening to the news and all the devastating phone calls from the people on the plane to their loved ones knowing they were going to die.  My father traveled a lot for business I remember being terrified he was on one of those flights.   I remember my dad calling me and hearing his voice was a relief.  I remember all the phone calls from my loved ones.

It’s funny how moments of grief and tribulations bring us closer together.  Before 9/11 we were a strong country.  We were independent and brought so much opportunity for every individual.  On 9/11, when our country faced one of the most devastating  occurrences we were crushed and we mourned for our country all throughout The United States Of America.  We grieved for all the people who’s life was taken away from this tragedy but also for their families for their loss.  We have not only grieved for that day, but for the individuals that fought at war after 9/11 for our country that gave their life on our behalf. We grieved for our country.  We grieved together.  United We Stand.  After 9/11 we were even a stronger country than before.

We can hardly imagine what people that lost a loved one or even people that were present on 9/11 experienced.  Studies show,” At least 10,000 firefighters, police officers and civilians exposed to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center have been found to have post-traumatic stress disorder, and in a kind of mass grieving, many of them have yet to recover, according to figures compiled by New York City’s three 9/11 health programs” (  But what about our troops?  What about the troops that fought in Afghanistan after 9/11?  At least 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have PTSD and or depression.  We forget the aftermath of 9/11.  Little do we know PTSD can lead to suicide, homelessness, martial or family issues.  How can you make a difference?

Chad Robichaux, a combat veteran, an MMA fighter, author of “Redeployed”, fought for our country in Afghanistan.  When returning home, he was diagnosed with PTSD.  With the help of mentorship and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, he triumphed over his struggle with PTSD.  Chad started an organization called The Mighty Oaks Foundation ( that provide resources and programs for combat veterans that struggle with PTSD.

“It is our goal to help these heros find a new life purpose after enduring hardship through their service for our great country.  Programs of the division focus on Spiritual Based Healing to the heart of the warrior; along with training them in reintegration skills through training at our ranches.  The Mighty Oaks Program focuses on dealing with combat trauma, men’s character, and family support for combat trauma spouses and family members.” – The Mighty Oaks Foundation.

Chad Robichaux, will be coming to Gracie Barra San Clemente Martial Arts School to give a donation based seminar on how Combat Veterans can overcome the obstacles and battles they have returning home. The seminar will include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as a method for personal development and a way for marines to cope with PTSD.  Our goal is to raise $5,000 for The Mighty Oaks Foundation to provide resources for our veterans.  Let’s never forget 9/11. United We Stand.

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DATE: Saturday, September 21

TIME: 10 am

LOCATION: GB San Clemente

1011 Avenida Pico, Suite A.

San Clemente, CA 92673

For more information call GB San Clemente (949) 361-9411

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