NATIONAL MILITARY BRATS DAY
On April 30th National Military Brats Day during the Month of the Military Child honors the children of military personnel.
About one in 25 Americans is a Military Brat. No one is sure of the number because the Department of Defense did not keep precise records of the children of military personnel. None the less, those children make up a cultural group whose members live in all 50 states, in most American Territories and numerable foreign countries. While they choose varied careers and interests, they share a common culture.
Once a nomadic band who struggled to stay in touch, Military Brats are leveraging Social Media to pick up and reconnect the disjointed pieces of their childhood. Unlike most children who shared the same classmates K-12, Brats often attend 4, 6 even 10-12 schools. They seldom stay in the same place for more than a year or two. Many whose childhood homes were on military installations aren’t allowed to “go home again” unless they join the services as adults. Through significant sites such as the Military Brats Registry, Operation Foot Locker, American Overseas Schools Historical Society, and others, Brats are finding lost friends, sharing stories and experiences, and organizing around various causes and activities.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMilitaryBratsDay
When considering the sacrifices of military personnel, don’t forget the sacrifices of the youngest military members, their children. Brats, reconnect with friends you made during your parent’s service. Share your experiences and stories. Use #NationalMilitaryBratsDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL MILITARY BRATS DAY HISTORY
Military Brats, Inc. founded National Military Brats Day in 2016 to pay tribute to the sacrifices Military Brats everywhere make.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on April 30th, annually. Part of the initiative is a proposal that Congress set aside a day acknowledging these military children. For more information visit www.militarybratsinc.org.
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