The Character Building Project

Michael J. Kerrigan


The Good, The Bad and The Difference: How to Talk with Chidren About Values 

Michael Sabbeth, Denver lawyer, Socratic teacher of elementary school students and advocate of moral education, offers educators, parents and the general public a treasure trove of timeless lessons learned from his years in the classroom, rich with relevant quotes from classical and modern thinkers as well as references to other publications on ethics and civic virtue.

If readers do not have the time to delve deeply into this comprehensive book, they would benefit from reading the chapters on autonomy, character and sports. I particularly liked Sabbeth’s discussion on the psychology of decline, social decay, mental toughness and civic responsibility.

I look forward to Sabbeth’s next book and hope he will spin off his research into a workbook for teachers on character education, distribute his content of the seven “C’s” on line and collaborate with foundations whose… Continue reading


The following was excerpted from a much longer and excellent article by Sebastian Junger at and was brought to our attention by a close friend, naval officer, scientist and devoted reader of The Character Building Project.

PTSD is a natural response to danger. From an evolutionary perspective, it’s exactly the response you want to have when your life is in danger: you want to be vigilant, you want to react to strange noises, you want to sleep lightly and wake easily, you want to have flashbacks that remind you of the danger. It’s almost unavoidable in the short term and mostly self-correcting in the long term.

The American military now has the highest PTSD rate in its history – and probably in the world. PTSD claims to the Veterans Administration have reportedly risen 60% to 150,000 a year. Anthropological research from around the world shows that recovery from war… Continue reading



August 2008 Bob Dove enlisted in the Army as a Special Forces recruit. He attended basic training, advanced infantry, and airborne school at Ft. Benning in Columbus, Georgia and then moved to Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC, where he completed Special Operations Preparations and Conditioning and Special Forces Assessment and Selection.


I asked him why he chose to pursue the Combat Medic training and he told me he wanted to take care of his buddies. Bob continued on to complete the Warrior Leader Course and Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course. He learned Spanish in Language Training, completed Small Unit Tactics, SERE Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape, Special Operations Combat Medic, Special Forces Medical Sergeant, and Robin Sage. After 3 years of continuous training, he earned his Green Beret in August of 2011. .


Bob was deployed to Afghanistan on January 9th, 2012. On June 9th,… Continue reading



This year, for the 5th consecutive year, I am helping the Yellow Ribbon Fund raise money to support our wounded service members and their caretakers. This year, like last, will the donations will support their professional transition to employment, job training or education. If you happen to be in the DC area on 15 May, consider coming to the BBQ and forwarding this to your friends and colleagues. If you cannot, please consider joining me in making a donation. Your support is appreciated!

Date & Time: Friday, May 15, 7:00 pm – ?

Location: Knights of Columbus Bethesda, MD mansion (near Walter Reed).

Food: Awesome BBQ

Live Music courtesy of The Shed Band

Cost: $75/person

Attire: Casual



Aloysius M. Boyle


Mission Complete wanted to reach out with a special invitation. On June 3-5, 2015 Mental Health America (MHA) will hold its 2015 Annual Conference with the theme Intervention and Innovation Before Stage 4 at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, Virginia. I would like to cordially invite you to consider sponsoring or exhibited at this special event.


Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated care and treatment for those who need it–with recovery as the goal.  We have an established record of effective national and grassroots advocacy and achievement.


With over 200 affiliates in 41 states,… Continue reading

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True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself.

— C.S. Lewis

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