April is MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD. Designated by the former Secretary of Defense, Caspar Weinbeger, this celebration underscores the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. The military community refers to dependent children as “military brats”. It is not intended to be a derogatory term, but rather a moniker for the unique subculture they experience.
I was curious who are some famous brats. The best list comes from Wikipedia,
Notably, Pat Conroy, a Marine Brat, wrote a book about military brats,
THE GREAT SANTINI.
Robert Duvall, a Navy Brat, starred in the movie.
In 2005, Donna Musil wrote and produced a documentary,
BRATS: OUR JOURNEY HOME.
Army brat Kris Kristofferson narrates the film.
From the website, http://www.bratsourjourneyhome.com/
“the film documents a hidden American subculture - a lost tribe of at least fifteen million people from widely diverse backgrounds, raised on military bases around the world, whose shared experiences have shaped their lives so powerfully, they are forever different from their fellow Americans.”
Indeed, military children have:
- lived on the edge of history in the making,
- attended integrated schools 20 years before the civil rights movement took hold in America;
- been exposed to art, history, and culture most Americans only read about.
I invite anyone who grew up as a military child to leave comments about their favorite place or a life-changing experience.