HOUSTON — Fourteen years after Chad Robichaux’ final deployment in the Middle East, he learned of the Biden administration’s plan to end the United States’ twenty-year military occupation of Afghanistan. Due to the rapid nature of withdrawal, scheduled for the twentieth anniversary of 9/11, Chad knew many innocent people, including United States allies, were in danger of being left behind to the mercies of the Taliban.
In his newest book, Saving Aziz: How the Mission to Help One Became a Calling to Rescue Thousands from the Taliban (on sale January 17, 2023, published by Thomas Nelson) Robichaux gives a behind-the-scenes view of the evacuation efforts that saved thousands of persecuted individuals from the Taliban during the historic humanitarian crisis following the United States’ hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan. Saving Aziz will leave readers cringing, crying and, ultimately, cheering.
This gripping and eye-opening account includes
- a deep and rich description of the complex culture of Afghanistan and its people,
- Chad’s direct interactions with the Taliban, and
- perspective on the United States’ twenty-year war that took place under four presidents.
As the American military was given orders to withdrawal from Afghanistan, Chad undoubtedly knew his long-time friend and former interpreter Aziz, a man who saved his life multiple times on missions against the Taliban, was among the most vulnerable. Chad immediately started planning a rescue mission to evacuate Aziz and his family, but what he did not know at the time, was that God would use him, and his coalition of heroes, to save over seventeen thousand more.
His descriptions of the horror of having to choose who can be rescued, the intricacies of wartime operations in a volatile and extremely violent environment, and the heart-stopping drive to save more people ring with a truth that is both shocking and captivating.
Chad was recently presented the ‘Bonhoeffer Angel Award’ by Glenn Beck and Mercury One for his display of true leadership, moral courage, and selfless sacrifice to help those in need.
Praise for Chad Robichaux and Saving Aziz
“From my depths of sadness and frustration about the war in Afghanistan, I saw the best of the American people as they gave their time, resources, and some, like Chad, risked it all to do the right thing and help our allies that sacrificed so much to assist us in our time of need. This is the story of why America remains the beacon of hope for the world.”
—Secretary Christopher Miller, former US Secretary of Defense and US Army Special Forces Colonel (ret.)
“More than a memoir, it is ultimately a story of purpose and redemption rooted in Chad’s tenacious loyalty. It will leave you disappointed in America’s leadership but proud to be an American. By book’s end you will walk away with another, somewhat unexpected, feeling—hope.”
—Jack Carr, US Navy SEAL Sniper (ret.), host of the Danger Close Podcast, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Terminal List series
“Marine veteran Chad Robichaux attempts an operation to save his Afghan inter- preter, Aziz, and it turns into a mission that saves an astonishing 17,000 lives. This is a story you’ll want to share.”
—Eric Metaxas, #1 New York Times bestselling author and host of the Eric Metaxas Radio Show
“Saving Aziz is the story of two warriors from different cultures brought together by war and a brotherhood forged through years of battling shoulder to shoulder for the cause of freedom. An absolute must-read.”
—Tim Kennedy, New York Times bestselling author of Scars and Stripes, US Army Special Forces Sniper, UFC Fighter, founder of Sheep Dog Response, and cofounder of Save Our Allies
“I am grateful for godly patriots like Chad. I commend him for his desire to honor the service that our Afghan brothers and sisters showed to the cause of freedom by helping them escape the ravages of the Taliban, including his friend, Aziz.”
—Phil Robertson, founder of Duck Commander, star of Duck Dynasty, and New York Times bestselling author
“Chad tells the fascinating story of rescuing his friend and Afghani translator, Aziz, from the grasp of the Taliban. This book is the best account of the chaos of the evacuation of Afghanistan that I have read and also a great story of the warrior ethos.”
—Lieutenant General “Jerry” Boykin, US Army Special Forces (ret.), founding member of the US Army Delta Force, US deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence under President George W. Bush, executive vice president of the Family Research Council, and author
Saving Aziz: How the Mission to Help One Became a Calling to Rescue Thousands from the Taliban (Thomas Nelson Publishing) is available for pre-order and will be available for purchase Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, wherever books are sold.
About Chad Robichaux
Chad is a former Force Recon Marine and Department of Defense contractor with eight deployments to Afghanistan as part of a Special Operations Task Force. After overcoming his own personal battles with PTSD, Chad founded the Mighty Oaks Foundation, a leading nonprofit that has served veterans through their faith-based, combat resiliency programs. Chad also Co-Founded Save Our Allies, a nonprofit established out of his personal desire to save Aziz from Afghanistan. To date, Save Our Allies has safely evacuated over 17,000 people from Afghanistan and is currently operating in Ukraine as the Russian invasion continues.
In addition to his life-saving endeavors, Chad also served as a Special Agent with the U.S. Federal Air Marshal Service, as a Surveillance Detection Senior Program Manager with the U.S. State Department, and as a law enforcement officer, where he received a Medal of Valor for his bravery above and beyond the call of duty. Chad is a subject matter expert on veteran’s care, having advised presidential administrations, Congress, the VA, the DoD and was appointed to serve as the Chairman of a White House Veterans Coalition under former President Trump. He is regularly featured on national media and has been a contributor to Fox News, Newsmax, The Blaze and other outlets. Chad and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 27 years, and they have a daughter, two sons and two granddaughters. His two sons, Hayden and Hunter, are both 3rd generation U.S. Marines from the Robichaux family and share their father’s lifelong passion as a martial artist. Chad is a fourth-degree Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Carlson Gracie Jr. and is a former professional mixed martial arts champion.