Brats Without Borders, Inc.
Brats Without Borders, Inc. (BWB) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit
organization founded in 1999. Our mission is to provide educational materials,
outreach, and support to military-connected "brats" and other "third culture kids"
of all ages. (Federal ID #58-2486120)
All donations are tax-deductible.
To make a donation, click here!
Audience member at Anniston, AL screening gives Writer/Director
Donna Musil a big "thank you" hug.
"BRATS: Our Journey Home" is Brats Without Borders' first project and a seven-year
effort. We've screened the film to packed houses in over 100 locations
around the United States, at U.S. military bases in Korea, had over 5 million hits on our
website, and won numerous awards, including the Southern Lens Award.
The film is helping both current and adult military BRATS and other TCKs around the world
understand who they are and where they're from.
It's helping parents understand their children and institutions understand the families who
are part of their organizations. It's also educating teachers, counselors, and
faith-based groups who work with this unique subculture on a daily basis.
for Brats Without Borders include:
- an in-depth collection of BRATS RAW interviews with Psychotherapist
Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman (the uncut interviews of Kristofferson & Schwarzkopf
are already available);
- a traveling BRATS exhibit for schools and museums, including more of the
unique challenges facing current brats;
- a documentary about how this unique subculture is changing the race
relations landscape around the world, including how President Truman's
integration of the military in 1948 has affected
military children and families;
- researching trauma and abuse as it relates to military children;
- a book expanding on the stories presented in "BRATS: Our Journey Home"; and
- transferring one of the most comprehensive qualitative databases of the
long-term effects of growing up military/TCK into an electronic database.
Brats Without Borders serves a
of current and adult military brats and other TCKs (from foreign service,
corporate, aide, missionary, and even immigrant families) around the world. Experts estimate
military brats alone constitute 5% of the United States population. Military brats and TCKs from
countries outside the U.S. share many similarities - as if there's a global BRAT NATION
who has more in common with each other than with their own countries. The numbers are
truly staggering, yet this population has rarely been served. "BRATS: Our Journey Home" is the
first documentary made about this
Support of Brats Without Borders has come from a plethora of sources, from gigantic
organizations like Disney and the Department of Defense and the Truman Library to
individual brats who donated their time, money, and services.
has been particularly helpful in getting the word out,
since we can't currently afford traditional advertising.
BRATS are an enigmatic, multi-cultural bunch. We don't look alike, we live all
over the place (and move often), and we span all races, religions, and political
persuasions. But scratch the surface of a brat and you'll find a unique subculture
with specific needs and challenges. Hopefully, as the word gets out, more folks
and extend a helping hand!