We here are all Brats. At one point in our lives, we all watched our parent (or parents) don their uniforms and walk out of our homes. For many of us, those departures turned into endless days, weeks or months of wondering if they would return. Sadly, some of us also watched as our loved ones returned to us with their coffins drapped in the colors of our nation. The sacrifices that they made defy […]Read more →
What is a Military Brat?
On the plane back from a well over due class reunion, with tears in my eyes, I put pen to paper and what I was feeling in the depths of my soul spewed forth, filling the pages. As I wrote I had no idea that my words would impact so many people. How I unknowingly found a way to express, what some many others have been feeling in their hearts, but were unable to put […]Read more →
My mother hates when I say this, but sometimes I think life on a military base is like life in a Cult. Now please don’t take that wrong! I don’t mean we should all wear matching robes and the same kind of sneaker that will help us walk in space when “they” come for us…drink the same funky Kool-aid or anything. I loved growing up in the military and would not change that for anything […]Read more →
On a basic level, the difference between Military Brats from past decades is about the same. Military Brats still must move from base to base, sometimes overseas, and Military Brats still have to cope with making new friends and leaving friends behind. What has changed in a big way is coverage of wars and repeated deployments to Iraq and Afganistan. And in some cases, having two parents deployed at the same time is a harsh […]Read more →