The recent action taken against Chaplain Joseph Lawhorn of the 5th Ranger Training Battalion by his brigade commander, Col. David G. Fivecoat, cannot stand.
When Chaplain Lawhorn recently participated in a mandatory suicide awareness and prevention briefing, he gave a presentation describing resources – both spiritual and secular – that were available for handling such grave mental health situations. He went further and discussed his personal struggles with depression, describing the spiritual and religious steps that helped him during those dark times in his life.
As a result of the chaplain’s discussion of his faith, he was called into… Continue reading
In a bedroom lay a white silk pillow – yellowed with age and emblazoned with the screaming eagle emblem of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division. On the walls were pictures and plaques telling the story of a World War II veteran; in another room was an adjustable hospital bed and, on a windowsill, a worn Bible.
That October day, Jim Bennett was looking for an investment, a house to buy, rehab, then rent or resell, as he has done with about 500 others over more than 20 years. But Bennett found much more at the modest, two-story rowhouse on Winton… Continue reading
Petula Dvorak wrote a terrific column in the Washington Post about why it’s not enough to simply thank our veterans for their service. She talks about a ballet performance that is a tribute to a former dancer, Colin Wolfe, who confounded his artsy family by becoming a Marine, then devastated them when he was killed in 2006. He was 19 years old..
A small group of Marines come to the show who served with Wolfe in Iraq. “They were there to pay their respects to him and his mother, Amy Wolfe, artistic director of the Manassas Ballet… Continue reading
Irish Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton placed this advertisement in London newspapers in 1900 in preparation for an expedition to reach the South Pole….
MEN WANTED FOR HAZARDOUS JOURNEY. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return, doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success. Ernest Shackleton
Shackleton later said of the call for volunteers that “it seemed as though all men in Great Britain were determined to accompany me, the response was so overwhelming.”
The Taliban shot Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai for going to school. The following excerpt is from her interview in the December 15th issue of FORBES explains why they shot the wrong girl.
“I was going to school every day. My father, my mother, we all were in a very small house, not rich economically but rich in our values, in our ethics.
Then some extremists, the Taliban, came to the valley and changed our lives. Girl’s education was banned. More than 400 schools were destroyed. Women were not allowed to go to markets. Hairdresser shops were blasted. They… Continue reading
Often I wonder what motivates some wounded warriors to get off of their meds, get out of their hospital beds and endure the arduous path of a successful rehabilitation from their combat injuries? Is there a single ingredient, key to the successful rehabilitation of Wounded Warriors?
My initial impression was reflected in Courage in America: 7 Warriors with Character. Surely the courage they demonstrated in combat also carried over to their long war of rehabilitation. As I continued to meet and write in The Character Building Project about many other warriors who exhibit growth after traumatic injuries, I came to… Continue reading
Bobby, Emmy and their new son Wyatt came by to visit Donna and I yesterday as they were relocating from “Niceville,” Florida to Roanoke, Virginia.
Thanks to my pal MSG. Chuck Christianson, I had the very special opportunity to get to know Bobby and Emmy during their long stay at Walter Reed Medical Center. In time, we became close friends with this extraordinary couple, witness their marriage at the magnificent St. Andrews Catholic Church in Roanoke and last night, were delighted to meet their new born son Wyatt.
Please take time to view below the incredible you tube video and news clips… Continue reading
In working with wounded warriors over the last several years, I was curious why some warriors had positive outcomes from their combat injuries and others did not?
- Did those having success call upon their own will power as a means to recovery?
- Did those not experiencing successful rehabilitation, might they have used up their reserves of will power?
- Did some warriors possess better “character armour” than others?
In writing Courage in America, I chose to focus on those warriors having successful recoveries. Sadly, there were more warriors whose rehabilitation from injuries could not be viewed as successful, with a… Continue reading
Blog readers have asked why I choose to dedicate my web site to reflections on the need for developing good character, and they deserve an answer.
By sharing these reflections, it is hoped my own character will improve, perhaps others will be moved to acquire virtue, and finally, readers will be warned of the fearful consequences that ensue when a culture devalues acquiring good habits.
Each post is an opportunity to confront my own convictions, renew my gratitude for a blessed life, and perhaps, stir others to examine character in their own life. It is my aim to make these… Continue reading
The theme of good habits, that is, the ability to make the right choices under extreme circumstances, runs through Courage in America…7 Warriors with Character. In this book, my focus was on the right choices made by wounded warriors during their rehabilitation from traumatic war injuries. I showed how many warriors, with much to discourage them, chose instead to get off their meds, get out of their hospital beds, and begin the long and difficult road toward recovery. Wounded Warriors –as well as all who successfully overcome trauma–undergo many hardships and suffer severe pain, yet, through it all, they… Continue reading