The Nonprofit 501(c)(3) Educational Organization
BRATS WITHOUT BORDERS
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
“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:
Brats Without Borders launched Operation Military
Brat in September, 2009 in Washington DC. It includes
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
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.
- 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
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
Soon, the Military Brat Library will also contain an exclusive
Military Brat Resource Binder, featuring:
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.
- 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!
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
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
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!
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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