New documentary: Military parents 'must do what they are told to do'
David Edwards and Shant Mesrobian
Published: Wednesday January 17, 2007
An Associated Press video reports on a new film, Brats: Our Journey Home,
which documents the lives and sacrifices of children in U.S. military families,
who are commonly referred to as "military brats."
The filmmakers launched a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization called Brats Without Borders Inc.
in order to produce the documentary, which highlights the children of Vietnam era veterans,
as well as the children of those currently serving in Iraq.
Among those featured in the film is Ret. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, a "military brat" himself, who notes,
"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."
Singer/songwriter Kris Kristofferson, another former "military brat" provides narration and music for the documentary.
The film also highlights the sacrifices military parents face, raising their children while also serving their country.
"Parents are not free to make decisions around the needs of children,"
Psychotherapist S. Donaldson Pressman notes.
"The parents in the military must do what they are told to do."