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There is no education like adversity. — Benjamin Disraeli

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Warriors with Character

Sam Angert Josh Andrew Steve Baskis Justin Constantine Chase Cooper Bobby Dove Chad Ellinger
Sam Angert Josh Andrew Steve Baskis Justin Constantine Chase Cooper Bobby Dove Chad Ellinger
Mark Holbert Todd Nicely Jon Silk Bradley Snyder      
Mark Holbert Todd Nicely Jon Silk Bradley Snyder      

Character Education Quest Continues

Although several thousand copies of my first book, Politics with Principle: 10 Character with Character were purchased, there were scores of readers who quipped, how in your 34-year career as a lobbyist did you find ten politicians with character? The character market seemed not receptive to stories of politicians with character.

Because perseverance is among the virtues needed not only for authors but those faced with adversity, I authored my second book and was pleasantly surprised with the reaction to, Courage in America: 7 Warriors with Character. Not only were more copies sold than the first book but also… Continue reading

Suffering For A Great Cause: Guy Comer & Team Red, White, And Blue’s Second Try In The Superior 100

 

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I have gone over in my mind many times what I would say about my second attempt this year in the Superior 100. Many years ago someone told me that when you have a story to tell, just do it, but do it simply, so here goes. The start of this year’s race was very much like the start of last year’s race—festive and nervous (especially so for me this year knowing the inevitable suffering that lay ahead and wandering the whole time whether I would be able to go the distance). Those last minutes before the start seem… Continue reading

 The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

41FKhggoR0L._SL160_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-dp,TopRight,12,-18_OU01_SS96_An opportunity has presented itself for me to comment on a proposed reading list to be used by servicemen in a retreat dealing with both the practical issues of post deployment and the invisible scars of combat. One of the books on the list is the Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, a review of which follows.

Although I am neither a psychologist nor a student of the noetic sciences, I am a Roman Catholic layman on my own spiritual journey to improve character in our culture. Accordingly, I wish to review Michael Singer’s tome with civility and charity.

I… Continue reading

Suffering in Light of Providence

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As a young student, I felt conflicted trying to understand why good men suffer. My father, James Kerrigan was a humble, good and God fearing man yet suffered with tuberculosis, seven years in the sanitarium and 13 major operations, dying at age 62! On the other hand, my father was also a dedicated and happy husband, a most cheerful family man, and an extraordinary athlete, notwithstanding his many years of disabilities. Justice should have delivered prosperity to my Dad yet his life was full of adversity.

My father’s most repeated advice to me was that “Michael, it is not… Continue reading

Support A Wounded Warriors Dream: Daniel Meyer Story By Manny Maldonado

The Greek historian Plutarch once said, “The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled”. In other words, your brain is only as powerful as you make it. Often, people complain about the smallest things in life and forget to realize the things they do have. I’ll be the first to admit that I have done it myself. We get so wrapped up into things going on in our lives that we tend to forget how good we have it. For one man, giving up and expecting sorrow has never been an option.

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Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Psychologist and Polemicist

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First I wish to honor the “Supersurvivors” not only as portrayed in the book but also many others who have triumphed over trauma.Secondly, I wish to thank the authors for taking on this topic so important to so many servicemen, law enforcement officials and those suffering from all types of trauma.Notwithstanding, the many fine stories demonstrating the links between suffering and success, I was disappointed the authors were not more forthcoming about admitting their own not so hidden ideological agenda.In the remainder of this review, I will point out that which I see as the authors’ style as a polemicist… Continue reading

Army study looks at ‘Developing Mental Armor for Soldiers’

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WASHINGTON (June 26, 2014) — In December 2013, the Army Study Program Management Office published “PTSD – Is Mental Armor Possible?” 

The article discussed the predominance of tragic accounts of post-traumatic stress disorder, known as PTSD, from both the Soldier and civilian communities. PTSD, the reaction to experiencing or witnessing one or more terrible events including combat, rape, physical assault, and national disasters, has been the focus of numerous studies to determine a successful treatment.

The focus of the study for the Army Study Program for fiscal years 2013 and 2014, took a different approach. 

The basic question examined was,… Continue reading

5 Things Truly Resilient People Do Differently

The Huffington Post

By Alena Hall

Posted: 07/08/2014 7:39 am EDT  |  Updated: 07/08/2014 7:59 am EDT

Humans have a remarkable capacity for resilience. Over and over, we hear stories of people who, after trauma and adversity, pick themselves up, put the pieces back together, and go on with their lives.

But for many, there’s a place beyond recovery. For this group, life’s most difficult experiences prompt them not only to bounce back, but to bounce forward. These are the people who David B. Feldman and Lee Daniel Kravetz spotlight in their new book, Supersurvivors: The Surprising Link Between Suffering and Success… Continue reading

“The Impossible Dream”

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To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
And to run where 
the brave dare not go
To right the unrightable wrong
And to love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star
This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far
To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march, 
march into hell
For that heavenly cause
And I know
If I’ll only be true
To this glorious quest
That… Continue reading

A Story Worth Sharing… By Bob Dove

20140624_193855Emmy and I were invited to an event in a couple weeks ago put on by Task Force Dagger. The event was held in Key West, FL and was aimed to certify wounded/ injured/ ill service members in scuba diving. It was a very therapeutic event for me and in fact while diving was, without a doubt, the most “Pain Free” I’ve been in the last two years. I wish TF Dagger the best and hope they continue to help service members and their families as much as they helped us.

 

However, during the 8 day trip there was… Continue reading

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