Military BRATs Day

Today, the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) acknowledges “National Military BRATs Day,” and salutes all those who followed a Military Member parent to duty stations both domestic and international, which changed their childhoods forever.

The term “Military BRAT” is a historical one. In the early 1900s, British servicemember families who traveled abroad with their Soldier father were given the acronym BRAT (British Regiment Attached Traveler). The term stuck, and while it is occasionally used in a derogatory fashion, it has now become a self-identification for as many as 15 million Americans today. That is a significant subset of approximately 4 percent of the American population.

April is the Month of the Military Child, so it is fitting that Americans should pay tribute to Military Families and Military BRATs at this time. The dandelion is the official flower of the Military Child because it releases its seeds into the wind, and they grow wherever they land, regardless of the conditions. This is symbolic of the ability of Military BRATs to thrive in any circumstances, no matter how many moves they make or schools they attend. Many adult BRATs are glad to have lived their experiences, which often placed them in places where history happening, and which caused them to learn to make deep relationships fairly quickly.

Military Brats, Inc. founded National Military Brats Day in 2016 and is part of a move to convince lawmakers to make the holiday federally recognized. They are asking Congress to “set aside a day to acknowledge just how precious these military children — present and past — are and to say thank you for their unmistakable sacrifice and service.”

Many overseas schools host “all-year” reunions for their alumni and rotate the location around the United States to make it convenient for people to attend. For example, Zweibrücken American High School from Zweibrücken, Germany, which was open from 1971 to 1993, will have its alumni reunion in St. Augustine, Florida this June. Next year it will be in the Central U.S., and the year after it will be held somewhere on the West Coast.

Famous Military BRATs include author of The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins, actor Chris Cooper, and U.S. Senator John Cornyn, along with basketball player Shaquille O’Neal and photographer Annie Leibovitz.

The VLB salutes all Military BRATs for their unmistakable sacrifice and service as they followed their Military Member parent to duty stations. Happy National Military BRATs Day!

The VLB is happy to provide any needed help for our military heroes. The mission for the VLB is “to ensure that we offer the very best package of Veterans benefits in the country and those of us who work for the VLB strive to meet those goals every day. For more than 70 years, we have had the honor to serve Veterans, Military Members and their families in Texas, and we look forward to keeping that promise in the years to come.” Call 1–800–252–8387, email VLBinfo@glo.texas.gov, or visit vlb.texas.gov to see the different benefits available.

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