Order now for April Delivery

87211419_2517420595179441_418660591536701440_nPLEASE SHARE, WE NEED 100 PREPAID ORDERS WITHIN 2 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY IN APRIL, CELEBRATING MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD, Affectionately known as “BRATS”!

LOWEST PRICE AVAILABLE IS PRE- RELEASE PREPAID ORDERS.

2020 5TH ANNIVERSARY
LIMITED EDITION WITH SERIAL #s
USA MILITARY BRATS SEAL
CHALLENGE COIN ORDERS ARE COMING IN!

WE NEED A UNITED 100 ORDERS TO SUBMIT TO ENSURE DELIVERY BY APRIL! THIS $35 PRICE IS THE LOWEST PRICE (COST) FOR CREATING THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY COIN AND SHIPPING TO YOU. THERE IS NO PROFIT OR MARKUP ON THE FIRST 100 ORDERS! COST & SHIPPING AT $35!

https://ebay.com/usr/military_brat_seal

BRAT ID/Military Brats Seal” is taking orders for this limited edition coin.

Once we have 100 prepaid orders, we will submit the order for the first coins to be minted in the USA and available for release in April, the month of the Military Child affectionately known as BRATS!

The 5th Anniversary Military Brats Joint Services Challenge Coin is a limited edition serial numbered series. The 2015 Military Brats Seal coin pin set sold out at 250 serial#s.

2020 Prepaid orders can be made via paypal:

Send Money to Friend or questions:
to: MilitaryBratSeal@yahoo.com

https://www.paypal.me/BRATIDLLC

or

(Contact me on private message and I can send you an invoice to be paid directly through messenger/paypal)

or

by personal check $35 sent to:
TO: Terrill Major
NOTE: Military Brat Seal
3211 Bayshore SQ,
Pensacola, Fl 32507

Once again we will release upon initial 100 prepaid orders, and more by the demand between now and April.

We will collect pre-payments, and once we have 100 orders in hand, we can submit the first order for Aprils release. The sooner we receive the first 100 prepaid orders the sooner we can submit the order to the mint for (planning 6-8 weeks) April release, Month of the Military child, affectionately known as BRATS.

Limited Edition Lowest Cost Prepaid
Order Price of $35 on first 100 Coins purchased. Costs increase in value as additional orders are released.

In 2015, Brat ID released their first Collector matching Challenge Coin & Pin Set at $34.95 first release, with final costs at $49.95.

UNITED * STATES * OF * AMERICA
* MILITARY * BRATS * SEAL *

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA MILITARY BRATS SEAL symbolizes the unification of all Military Children; past present and future. The BRATS seal fully recognizes and encompasses a Military Child’s character growing up within the Military environment within a subculture all their own.

DESCRIPTION OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY BRATS SEAL:

2020 Challenge Coin, 1.75″, 3D High relief solid aged bronze with Red, White Blue enamel trim. Limited Edition release with serial numbers.

– Around the deep blue encircling outside band of the Seal, the inscription boldly reads “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA MILITARY BRATS SEAL”.

This signifies the unified cultural heritage of all military children recognized by those who serve and have affectionately embraced and lovingly bestowed upon them their unique name as BRATS.

– Between these distinctive words are 7 solid Stars representing the seven branches of Military Services; Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force and the new Space Force and the Department of Defense which all Military BRATS are family members of and grow up embracing the transient Military culture and values of those who serve both domestically and abroad.

– In the center background of the Coin is our Nations Flag, Old Glory, with golden cording encircling and embracing our flag signifying the unification of our country through the glory of God, Country and Family.

– The American flag stripes signifies our country’s unification with the original 13 colonies Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia with the additional 37 states united as one with a total of 50 stars.

– On the center of the coin is our Military BRATS Seal displayed by our Nations emblem of strength and freedom, the American Bald Eagle.

– The Eagle bears on its breast a shield of thirteen pieces Argent and Gules, a chief boldly blazoned “BRATS” representing a unified cultural heritage uniquely their own as embraced by military children.

– The shield is supported solely by the American Eagle recognizing military children as BRATS, the first line of support to those who serve in the United States of America Military Services.

– The Globe signifies the United States Military Brats homes and travels are all over the world.

– The Dandelion is the official flower of all Military Children; BRATS. Below the American Eagle, is a Dandelion chain wreath; denoting the unified strength of Military BRATS from all branches of the services.

– The American Eagle carries in its claws the Dandelion seeds representing the life of children of Military Service-Members as BRATS; who display their strength and tenacity as they bloom wherever they travel or find themselves planted by the needs of the military services.

– The Dandelion Seeds to the right of the Eagle represents blooms with a single seeds floating away; as BRATS moving away, with their military sponsor as their fellow BRATS remain jointly, or move elsewhere in a different direction as displayed on the left side of the Eagle.

– The Eagle holds in its beak a scroll inscribed “Pluribus Locis Nostrum”, which is Latin meaning “Many Places Are Home” for all the locations a BRAT has embraced as their home growing up as a military child from birth to the year they aged out, usually between 18-23 years old, however, continue to hold dearly the memories only a BRAT experiences growing up within the Military subculture, uniquely their own.

Designed and copyright registered with US Government Copyright office, 2015.
BRAT ID Military Brats Seal.
Terrill Ann Major


Did you live at Scott AFB?


MAMF’s 2020-2022 Brat Liaison Terrill Ann (Zimmerman) Major

Born on New London Submarine Base, Groton, CT, Terrill Ann and her four siblings grew up as proud Navy Brats. Her family moved frequently so Terrill learned to adapt, make friends and get involved in her new communities. Because of her love of architecture, landscape and art, she was drawn to local artists who created reflections of their environments. She became an avid collector of artwork and crafts, searching out unique treasures everywhere she lived or traveled. As a Navy Brat, she became a consummate beach bum–feet in the sand is her place to be, so she chose Pensacola Florida, a long-time Navy town in which to retire. Terrill Ann, an Army spouse for 30+ years  raised four Brat sons, and worked and volunteered in supported those who serve—at the USO and Red Cross.  She served as a spouse liaison, was a member of various wives’ clubs, managed a thrift shop and an overseas Stars & Stripes bookstore. She’s also worked for the Navy Exchange, Navy Federal Credit Union and in the telecommunications industry. She considers herself to be a “Jill of all Trades.”

Terrill Ann says, “Military children are affectionately known as Brats, and we embrace a unique military subculture and heritage all our own. Thousands of Brats embrace our unique name “Brat,” because it was lovingly bestowed upon us by those who serve—our parents and relatives.”

Terrill Ann recognized the need to document that unique heritage, and with the input of hundreds of fellow Brats, designed the Military Brat ID Seal. In the five years since its creation, it has been registered and copyrighted in the Library of Congress, and the Military Brat Seal has been embraced by thousands of Brats and their parents as a proud display of Military Brat Heritage.  Terrill Ann is pleased to be part of the Museum of the American Military Family Team.

Military Brats Seal designs can be found on pins, challenge coins, patches, and badges of honor. They are purchased to recognize, honor or show appreciation and love for a Brat’s major milestone events, such as a graduation, retirement, birth or memorial.  Terrill Ann continues to create unique gift items, many as limited editions.

Made in USA , the Brat Seal proudly waves the banner, “Pluribus Locis Nostrum” which translates to “many places are home” which truly reflects Brat heritage, past, present and future.  Brats can continue to embrace their proud heritage with our Military Brats Seal , which can be found on ebay at https://www.ebay.com/usr/military_brat_seal?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

 


Rimini

by Circe Olson Woessner

Recently my husband and I went out to dinner, something we infrequently do. The restaurant was new to us—and it was packed.

The waiter led us to a booth near a table where a family with three small children was sitting. I quickly looked around the room for any other empty table—but didn’t see one. Resigned, we sat down.

I was pleasantly surprised. The two oldest kids were busily coloring on coloring mats and the youngest was occupied by something he was nibbling. So far, so good!

Servers bustled around, bringing meals at a fast clip. Soon the family with the three kids left, and another group filled their seats. Our meal was delivered in short order, and while I wouldn’t say we felt rushed, I can’t say we were encouraged to linger.

I grew up in Europe, and my parents wrote travel books, so, dining out, as a child, was very different from my recent experience.

While my parents didn’t subscribe to the “children should be seen and not heard” philosophy, they did expect me to be quiet, well mannered, and patient during the sometimes hours-long meals.

When I was little, I would bring a pencil or pen to dinner, and, after I’d finished eating, I’d draw on the stiff paper tablecloths many restaurants in the 60s and 70s used. Because I loved drawing and had a large surface to work on, I got really detailed with my creations. I often gifted my “artwork” to the waiter or chef, who always accepted my offering with amused politeness.

Years later, my parents, husband and I went back to one of my favorite childhood restaurants, and the chef’s wife told me that she still had one of my tablecloth drawings!

When I was five, my family traveled to Rimini, Italy. We stayed at a grand hotel where elegant dinners were served in the ballroom. There was a live orchestra—and no paper tablecloths.

After I’d finished eating, and my parents were still working their way through a multi-course meal, the empty dance floor beckoned. I asked if I could go watch the orchestra—“yes, but don’t disturb the other diners.”

I edged over to watch the musicians. My toes started tapping and the budding ballerina in me started pirouetting and leaping. Soon, I was on the dance floor, doing all my ballet moves as best as I could. I was so into the music, I didn’t look to see the reactions on my parents’ faces.

When the music stopped, the diners applauded. I assumed they were applauding for me, so I curtsied.

I looked over at my parents, and my dad gave me a slight nod, so I continued dancing (quietly, so not to disturb the diners) until my parents finished their meal.

I don’t know how the other diners felt that night over 50 years ago at the Grand Hotel in Rimini; I hope I didn’t disturb them. At the time, I wanted to perform for them and bring them joy.

Last week, as I sat in the restaurant, those children coloring brought ME joy—they sparked a memory of me at their age, drawing pictures and dancing…

I applaud parents who include their children in family outings, and who set boundaries by providing both structure and creative outlets so that they, the kids—and their fellow diners— can enjoy a much-needed relaxing evening out.

As they say in Rimini, “Grazie.”

 


Start the New Year by Sharing Your Story!


End of Year Reflections from Brat ID

As 2019, comes to a close, we want to thank all our loyal BRAT ID Seal supporters over the past 5 years. As BRAT ID comes to the close of 2019, we have provided lowest prices on our remaining merchandise at closeout clearance prices here: https://ebay.com/usr/brat_id

We are shuttering our doors as of Dec 31, 2019 and donating the bulk of our remaining inventory of Military Brat ID Patches to “Museum of the American Military Family”. We are including merchandise created the last 5 years for the Museum to display the evolution and creation of the Military Brat Seal as it evolved to reflect all the Brats stories, memories, recollections told and recognize the struggles they endured as they served as first line of support to those Military sponsor serve. The BRAT ID Seal merchandise is created as one of a kind, limited edition pieces. Once sold out they are no longer available unless found on the secondary market. We hope that our legacy will continue to grow as appreciation for the sacrifices of Military families are honored.

We have been a proud supporter of and continue to support and endorse the work done by the Museum preserving our Military Brat and Military Family history. No where in the United States can you read and learn about the struggles and victories that Military Families have faced. No where in America can you read the reality of day to day sacrifices by those who serve and those who provide first line of support to those Veterans who served, than their families, who serve also. We want to ask you to read and recognize, and share the link for “Museum of the American Military Family”. By sharing our history as recorded we are honoring our unique heritage as Military Brats individually, one by one.

As BRAT ID closes in 2019, we will be working towards reorganizing to provide the Military Brat Seal products for the future, proudly Made in USA for American Brats. We have been fully supported by BRATS on facebook, yet there are so many others yet to reach, so we need to reorganize to be able to reach out beyond facebook. We can proudly claim the BRAT ID SEAL coins, pins and patches have been proudly embraced and gifted and adorn BRATS hats, vests, totes, lapels, framed as Graduation and Milestone gifts such as Sponsors retirement gifts to their BRATS. The coins and pins have proudly been used on Military Brats memorials sharing the unique sibling and BRAT unique heritage and lifelong friendships as a shared legacy.

As we close December 31, 2019 to reorganize, we hope that our donation of our BRAT ID remaining inventory will support the fund raising efforts and needs of Museum of the American Military Families goals and efforts and provide recognition rewards for the Military BRAT programs they support.

As of Jan 1, 2020, We will retain a small portion of BRAT ID merchandise available for sale upon request to support closure and reorganization costs. https://ebay.com/usr/brat_id

The remaining available BRAT ID SEAL merchandise will be available through the “Museum of the American Military Family” directly to support their needs.
THANK YOU, GODSPEED & BRAT ON!


Military Kids’ Lives—a New Exhibit at the Museum of the American Military Family in Tijeras, New Mexico

By Allen Dale Olson

We are not defined by ethnicity, religion, geography, or race. You cannot spot us in a crowd. But we, the children of warriors, have been shaped by a culture so powerful we are forever different, forever proud, and forever linked to one another.     -Mary Edwards Wertsch, Reflections on an Invisible Nation

Have you ever wondered what it would have been like if you had attended five or six different schools enroute to high school graduation? Or if you had lived in a foreign country by the time you reached third grade? Or during any of your elementary or junior or senior school years?

At the Museum of the American Military,  as a civilian, you can live that kind of life vicariously because of a new exhibit – Military Kid’s Lives–  or as a former military kid, you can reminisce about those memories of packing up every two or three years to move to schools in another state or another country. You can recapture the childhood pride you once had (and still have) in being a Brat or learn what it’s like to be a child growing up in a military family by reading exhibit panels including the stories of kids from the 1930s to the present.

The exhibit is a permanent part of the Museum’s collections, and contrasts and compares the experiences of Hudson Philips, a Brat in the 1930s and 40s with those of author Bernard Lee (1950s and 60s) and Dwayne Dunn (1980s and 90s) and the more recent reflections of Janine Boldrin.

The museum is in Tijeras, New Mexico, on Old Route 66 just seven miles east of Albuquerque and is collecting and preserving the stories, documents, photos, and artifacts of the parents, spouses, and children of those who serve and have served in America’s military. It is also home to a special gallery focusing on the history of the Defense Department world-wide school system for military children with commentary by teachers and students going back to the 1946 founding of the system.

Military Kids’ Lives, the story of what it’s like to be a military kid, is a compilation of information not only from those who grew up military, but also from some of the nation’s leading researchers on military kid life: Marc Curtis, founder of Military Brats Registry; Mary Edwards Wertsch, author of “Military Brats: Life inside the Fortress”; Donna Musil, producer of the documentary film, “Brats – Our Journey Home”; and the museum’s artist-in-residence, Lora Beldon, founder of Military Kid Art Project.

Elva Resa Publishing House and Military Kids Lives Magazine are also featured on panels discussing their military child-centric publications. Visitors will see artifacts, clothing, and books donated by people who grew up in military families – from Thailand to Texas, Norway to Libya, all over Europe, the USA, and the Far East. They can read first-hand stories of people who spent much of their lives in service to their country.

The exhibit was sponsored, in part, by Home Depot, Daisy BB guns, GCC, Rio Grande Credit Union and Chameleon Kids.

MAMF is at 546B State Route 333, Tijeras, NM 87059, right next to Molly’s famous bar at the interchange of I-40 and SR 14, exit 175  (the Turquoise Trail National Scenic Byway).

Telephone (505) 504-6830. www.militaryfamilymuseum.org.

The exhibit opens April 14 and the museum is open every day except Thursday and Friday, 10:30 – 5:00. Admission is free and donations are gladly accepted.