BRATS: Our Journey Home A Donna Musil Film Featuring Narration and Music by Kris Kristofferson
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Kris Kristofferson General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
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of Kris Kristofferson
Photo Courtesy of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Kris Kristofferson, Narrator
Air Force BRAT, former Army helicopter pilot, Rhodes Scholar, Golden Gloves boxer, Feeling Mortal (2012), Closer To The Bone, This Old Road, The Highwaymen, Lone Star, A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, A Star is Born
  • "Most people have a place they think of as home all their lives. But for some, home is not a place, it's a state of mind."

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
Army BRAT, Former Commander Operations Desert Storm, and author, It Doesn't Take a Hero
  • "When he left home to go over to Iran, he very ceremoniously presented me the West Point sword and… to a small boy, when your father hands you the sword and says you're now the man of the house, take care of your mother and sisters, you take that very seriously. I took it very seriously."

Mary Edwards Wertsch
Army BRAT and author of the ground-breaking book, Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress, which has helped a multitude of BRATS understand "why they are the way they are" and connect with their cultural identity
  • "And I mean, if a child fails to get off his bike and just keeps on pedaling, even as Retreat is being audibly played, the child is reported not to his father, but to his father's commanding officer."

Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, M.S.W.
Clinical psychotherapist and author of the landmark book, The Narcissistic Family, which has soothed the soul of many a BRAT by helping them tackle the question, "So what do I do now?" (Ms. Donaldson-Pressman's book explores the psychological effects of growing up in an environment where children's needs are secondary to other family needs, including the Military Mission)
  • "With these families, it's very hard in adulthood for the child to come to terms with what he or she grew up with. They can understand that they had to be sacrificed to some extent to further the greater good... Now, the other area is, how did this affect you as a human being?"

Dr. Morten Ender
Army BRAT, author, Military Brats and Other Global Nomads: Growing Up in Organization Families, and Professor of Sociology at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (where Dr. Ender continues to study and speak on behalf of military children everywhere)
  • "The military is the only place in American society where black people and Hispanic people routinely boss around white people."

Dr. George H. Junne
Army BRAT, Chair of Department of Africana Studies, University of Northern Colorado, and author, Blacks in the American West and Beyond--America, Canada, and Mexico
  • "I felt such relief. Finally, I can be myself for the first time in 30 something years…" (on meeting up with his old BRAT friends at a reunion...)

Military BRATS

Michelle Green
Air Force brat and BRATS' interviewee Michelle Green signs autographs
The first documentary about growing up military.