Robert was born and raised in Baton Rouge, and graduated from Capitol High School. He then joined the Navy and completed nine deployments including three in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He graduated from The Naval School of Health Sciences with a certification in Substance Abuse Counseling. He has served all over the world from Germany to Korea. During his last command, at the Naval Health Clinic New England, he served as the Navy’s Substance Abuse Continuing Care Coordinator for northern New England. After returning home he joined the Baton Rouge Traumatic Loss Outreach Team with the goal to help give grieving families emotional first aid. He is a member of the American Legion and the Disabled Veterans Association (DAV), an organization of veterans helping veterans. Because he is a disabled veteran, it was important that he continue to find ways to serve when he arrived home. He is currently the Director of Crossroads Recovery Ministry and a pastoral counselor at Encounter Church. He is a Certified Clinical Supervisor with over eight years of experience training counselors in the field of Substance Abuse.