BRATS: Our Journey Home A Donna Musil Film Featuring Narration and Music by Kris Kristofferson
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OMB In the United States of America, an estimated 5% of its citizens are military “brats”:
  • 15 million adult military brats with at least one career parent
  • 1.5 million current military brats with at least one parent serving in the uniformed services
  • 4.5 million adult brats whose parents served overseas in a capacity other than the uniformed services

Operation Military Brat

Brats” is an historic and time-honored reference to military children based on the acronym, “British Regimental Attached Traveler.” Brats are every age, race, religion, and class, but most Americans don’t even know they exist, except peripherally, as silent appendages to their parents. Operation Military Brat hopes to change that.

Operation Military Brat is an educational outreach program sponsored by the
501(c)(3) nonprofit Brats Without Borders. Its mission is to:
  • Raise the awareness of the challenges facing military brats of all ages
  • Acknowledge and celebrate their existence, sacrifices, and contributions
  • Improve the quality of their lives
Brats Without Borders launched Operation Military Brat in September, 2009 in Washington DC. It includes screenings of the award-winning film, "BRATS: Our Journey Home," narrated by Air Force brat Kris Kristofferson, and featuring Army brat General Norman Schwarzkopf. Operation Military Brat also hosts townhall meetings and "BRATS" Workshops with military families, educators, and health care providers. With the help of The Sprint Foundation and other donors like yourself, the nonprofit Brats Without Borders' educational outreach program Operation Military Brat also donates Military Brat Libraries to libraries around the country that serve large populations of military brats. This one-of-a-kind collection of books and films celebrates and explores the life of a military child, and includes the items below.

If you'd like to set up a screening, townhall meeting, or a "BRATS" Workshop - or if you're interested in obtaining a Military Brat Library for your area - please let us know! Here is a list of some of the screenings and workshops we've held and libraries we've donated!

Brats: Our Journey Home “BRATS: Our Journey Home” by Writer-Director Donna Musil – the first documentary about growing up military, narrated by Kris Kristofferson, with General Norman Schwarzkopf. Broadcast on AFN-TV worldwide. Featured on CNN and NPR. The Great Santini

"The Great Santini" by Pat Conroy - the powerful novel that helped start the modern-day "brat" movement... a teenage military son's struggle to find himself amidst the pressures of moving and a strict, authoritarian father.

Military Brats “MILITARY BRATS:  Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress” by Mary Edwards Wertsch – the ground-breaking non-fiction book that inspired the BRATS film, with an introduction by author Pat Conroy. The Yokota Officer's Club “The Yokota Officer’s Club” by Sarah Bird – a wonderful book about the silence that bound and broke an Air Force family whose father flew spy missions over Russia and Red China at the height of the Cold War.
The BRAT Chronicles “The BRAT Chronicles” by Michael Ritter – a laugh-out-loud chronicle of growing up on American military bases in 1970s Europe.  The Grisworld Family has nothing on the Ritters.  Michael may well be the Jeff Foxworthy of brats! Hot Times During the Cold War “Hot Times During the Cold War: An American Comes of Age in West Germany” by Scott Hawley – a beautifully introspective and thought-provoking book of poetry about growing up brat in Germany in the 1980s.
Brats Raw “BRATS RAW:  Kristofferson & Schwarzkopf” by Writer-Director Donna Musil – the first in a series of uncut interviews from the original BRATS movie, featuring the heartfelt stories of two American iconic military brats. Military Brats Cartoons “Military Brats” by Steve Dickenson and Todd Clark – a side-splitting collection of cartoon strips that used to appear in the Air Force Times that pokes fun at the trials and tribulations of Air Force families, particularly enlisted families.
Brats Raw “Glittering Misery:  Dependents of the Indian Fighting Army” by Patricia Y. Stallard – growing up brat during the Indian Wars of 1865-1898.  Some things about growing up military never change – not even in 200 years!  Third Culture Kids “Third Culture Kids” by David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken – the challenges and rewards of a multicultural childhood; the joy of discovery, heartbreaking loss, its effect on maturing and personal identity, and the difficulty going“home.”
Soon, the Military Brat Library will also contain an exclusive Military Brat Resource Binder, featuring:
  • Advice and “best practices” for military brats of all ages based on current research
  • Lists of famous brats
  • Bibliography of brat books, films, music and articles
  • Brat alumni organizations
  • Organizations that represent and serve military brats
  • A “living library” section for brats to add their own stories!
Military brats are members of an ancient but invisible tribe. The average brat moves 9-12 times before they graduate from high school. One or both parents can be absent for weeks or years, depending on their deployment. Brats grow up in a paradox that is idealistic and authoritarian, privileged and perilous, supportive and stifling – all at the same time.

When brats leave the military environment, they frequently flounder. They feel out of sync with the “normal” world, but don’t understand why. Operation Military Brat helps them understand that feeling different is normal for brats. They are just like all the other millions of brats who have supported their military parents – and their country – throughout history. Brats do belong – not to a place, but to each other – and that makes all the difference in the world…

Military Brat Libraries Donated
Columbus Metropolitan Library - Columbus, GA (donated by The Sprint Foundation)
Eglin Air Force Base Library - Eglin AFB, FL (donated by Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Bryan and Marlene Hawley, and their sons Scott and Chad)
Landstuhl Community Library - Landstuhl, Germany (donated by Berlin Brats Alumni Association)
Providence Public Library - Providence, Rhode Island (donated by Marlene Knudson Koenig)
Shreveport Public Library - Shreveport, LA (donated by The Sprint Foundation)
USAG Baden-Wuerttemberg Chaplain's Office - Kaiserslautern, Germany (donated by The Sprint Foundation)
USAG Vicenza Base Library - Vicenza, Italy (donated by the Karlsruhe American High School Alumni Association)
West End Neighborhood Library - Washington, DC (donated by Marlene Knudson Koenig)

Donna Musil Donating Military Brat 
                Library to USAG Vicenza

Want To Help?

Operation Military Brat would not be possible without the support of generous individuals and organizations. Please check out our supporters below. If you or your organization would like to sponsor a screening or support our efforts, please email us.

If you're a brat politician, artist, journalist, musician, athlete, or business executive - we'd love for you to join us at one of our screenings, workshops, or townhall meetings. Please email us ahead of time, so we can let everyone know you're coming.

If you can't make it, but still want to make a difference, you can also sponsor a screening, workshop, or Military Brats Library. Your name and/or institution will be featured prominently in or on the program you support!

To find out more about Operation Military Brat, please contact us:

Our Heartfelt Thanks to All the Folks Who Have Made Operation Military Brat Possible!

Susan Allenback
Faye Arrington
Denise Bafti
Sarah Bird
Major General Floyd L. Carpenter, Commander, 8th Air Force, Barksdale Air Force Base, LA
Melissa Carpenter
Steve Dickenson and Todd Clark
Jeri Glass
Glenn Greenwood
The Major General Bryan G. Hawley, Rtd., Family
Scott Hawley
Sylvia Kidd
Christian Kyrios
George Marshall
Dr. Rebecca Powell, Director of Religious Education, USAG Baden-Wuerttemberg Chaplain's Office
Michael Ritter
Sunny Schwentner
Patricia Y. Stallard
Ruth E. Van Reken
Mary Edwards Wertsch
Shelly Wilson
Timothy Wurtz
Dr. Grace C. Yeuell, Director of Religious Education, USAG Vicenza, Italy

Businesses & Organizations
Abilene Bed & Breakfast (Marcia Cox)
Arlington Cinema ‘n Drafthouse (Tim Clark)
AUSA (Association of the United States Army)
Barksdale Air Force Base
Berlin Brats Alumni Association
Brattle Theater on Harvard Square (Ned Hinkel)
Cameron University (Von Underwood)
Dorothy Bramlage Public Library
Eglin Air Force Base Library (Dorothee Bennett)
Glenwood Arts Theater (Brian Mossman)
Hirschi High School
Karlsruhe American High School Alumni Association
National Liberty Museum (Kathleen Lee)
New World Stages (Jennifer Jones)
Overseas Brats (Joe Condrill)
Providence Public Library Theater (Lisa Miller)
Redstone Arsenal (Barbara Williams)
Robinson Film Center
Rose State College Training Center (sponsored by Rose State College, Midwest City Chamber of Commercer, Mid-Del Schools, and Tinker Federal Credit Union)
Slayton House Theater at Wilde Lake (Linda Stevens)
Southfork Hotel
The Sprint Foundation
USAG Baden-Wuerttemberg Chaplain's Office, Germany
USAG Vicenza, Italy
West End Neighborhood Library (Bill Turner)
Williams Middle School (Dr. Avis Williams)

Click here to see even more BRATS supporters!

About Brats Without Borders, Inc.

Brats Without Borders, Inc. (BWB) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit production organization founded in 1999. Our mission is to conduct research and create educational films, programs and literary materials that acknowledges the existence and contributions of current and former military-connected kids and other "Third Culture Kids," improves the quality of their lives, and fosters the self-awareness and sense of belonging necessary to employ the more positive aspects of their unique multi-cultural inheritance. All donations are tax-deductible.

The first documentary about growing up military.