Celebrate Military Children Essay Contest

Did you know that the second Sunday in June is children’s day? According to nationaldaycalendar.com, “The second Sunday in June is known as National Children’s Day in the United States. A day to honor the children in our lives, National Children’s Day is a time to slow down our fast-paced lives, turn off the tech and refocus on the important things.”

NO-NOTICE ESSAY CONTEST!!! Write a short essay about your wonderful (still small or grown up) military child…First five entries will get a Patch from Brat Seal!!!! We will post the stories on our blogs and FB—we will have a nice goodie box for first prize.

Ready, set go! All submissions to us NLT June 13!!!

Email: militaryfamilymuseum@comcast.net



What do you remember best about your Dad? What makes him so wonderful? In your essay, written in first person, please describe to us your most memorable dad moments. Entries can be funny, serious or heartwarming—it’s up to you!


  • Essays must be no more than 800 words.
  • Please include your name and phone number along with your essay submission.

*Your definition of a Military Dad can be– a father who served in the military; a father married to a service member, or is a father to a service member or someone who you view as a military dad.

The first 5 entries will receive a sew-on patch donated by Military Brat Seal, and the first-place winner will receive a “goody box” of Brat-related items.

All entries will be posted on FB and in one, or more, of our blogs. All submissions must be emailed to us at militaryfamilymuseum@comcast.net no later than May 25. We will post these essays about what made your military father special throughout June.

We’d like your feedback on how we’re doing…



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What do you remember best about your mom? What makes her so wonderful? In your essay, written in first person, please describe to us your most memorable mother moments. Entries can be funny, serious or heartwarming—it’s up to you!


  • Essays must be no more than 800 words.
  • Please include your name and phone number along with your essay submission.

*Your definition of a Military Mother can be– a mother who served in the military; a mother married to a service member, or is a mother to a service member or someone who you view as a military mom.

The first 5 entries will receive a sew-on patch donated by Military Brat Seal, and the first-place winner will receive a “goody box” of Brat-related items.

All entries will be posted on FB and in one, or more, of our blogs. All submissions must be emailed to us at militaryfamilymuseum@comcast.net no later than April 25. We will post these essays about what made your military mother special throughout May.

Lemons or Pie?

By Circe Olson Woessner

It is day three of teleworking from home, and day bazillion in the pre-or apocalyptic reality we find ourselves in. “Social distancing” is a new word that everyone knows and practices – – unless you’ve taken a devil-may-care attitude about this whole “hoax disease.” As we stay at home, we shake our heads at the images of young people frolicking on the beaches or having parties. Nero plays the violin as Rome burns. Look at Italy! Look at Italy!

A lot of people are scared and acting out – – I have heard of fights right here in our local supermarket—Really? Come on, for Pete’s sake! People are hording supplies and stocking up on ammo in “case of wide-spread panic.”

False information and far-fetched conspiracy theory opinions are being shared on social media as the gospel truth. People are sending along chain messages, and offering advice on really weird ways to prevent getting sick.  Forwarded emails from unknown “experts” are adding to the chaos. Memes and weird jokes are byproducts of how some people react to stress—and some of them are really, really funny – – unless you have someone who is elderly in your family, or who is sick, or someone who has, God forbid, recently died from COVID-19.

What messages are we sending to our children, who look for us to be calm in a time of crisis? What are we telling the elderly or immune compromised? Are we modeling desired behavior?

If someone coughs, or sneezes, we glare at them – – why are you doing that– are you sick? At the supermarket, we scan other people, looking for signs of disease on them. Why are you coming up my aisle? Wait till I’m done here! Shoppers are furtive, dashing through the aisles grabbing things as if it’s the end of the world.

Maybe it is.

Life as we know it has changed over  the past few weeks. Our dog has taken to sleeping with us, something forbidden up until a few weeks ago when he decided he preferred our bed to his. We laughed nervously saying, “well if something happens to us, at least he can eat us from the comfort of the bed.” Not very funny, but humor has taken an extremely dark turn these days…

Our society is self-isolated (another new word that everyone knows) and our workdays are very different than they were even a week ago. My extended family is keeping running shopping lists, knowing that it will be very hard to find the items we want, and while we will not succumb to hoarding, we understand that food shopping has become a scavenger hunt.

I feel I’m living in one of those science fiction movies or a really bad dream I can’t wake up from. This is no way to live. However; think of the alternative! Several months ago, this was a rhetorical question, but now, the alternative is hitting closer to home. And it’s not so hypothetical.


… Just stop….breathe…Live in this particular moment. Take stock in your blessings right now.

In New Mexico the sun is shining, the trees are beginning to bud, and if you can slow your racing heartbeat, you can hear the birds sing. if you’re like me, and live near I-40, you can hear the hum of the interstate, of trucks bringing needed supplies to communities all across this country. The National Guard is setting up hospital tents; Airmen are stocking shelves at the Kirtland Air Force Base Commissary. Babies are being born; people are getting married. Life is still going on.

Over and over, I am drawn to the quote attributed to Mr. Rogers after 911.  “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”

And it’s very true. The military is calling up retired healthcare workers to join the fight against Covid-19. Federal employees are teleworking, ensuring that the nation doesn’t grind to a halt. Emergency responders and military  are rotating personnel to ensure there are enough healthy team members to respond to a national emergency or health crisis.

Stores are trying to accommodate the massive amount of shoppers panic buying, and setting up designated shopping times for people who are vulnerable. Utility companies are suspending disconnections and overdue accounts. Workers are pulling longer shifts to accommodate the requirements needed to get us through this crisis.

Impromptu support groups are starting on Facebook. Younger people are offering to run errands for older people. People are passing along local resources and information on store inventories and discounted places.

Neighbors are checking in on their neighbors; recently unemployed people are offering childcare services so that frontline staff who have to work, can get to their jobs at hospitals, supermarkets, emergency response centers, etc.

Even while under lockdown, the human spirit is strong.  Individuals – – common, everyday people – – are lifting the spirits of their fellow human being by leading them exercise sessions as they watch from balconies.  A military spouse in Germany serenaded her fellow base dwellers with her own funny versions of Andrew Lloyd Webber hits. A friend is reading poetry selections on Skype. Symphonies and theater companies are performing concerts or plays and streaming them free to the public. Companies are offering free educational products to parents who suddenly find themselves homeschooling their kids. (I tried to homeschool my son when he was nine and it didn’t end well for either of us– so hats off to every homeschool parent out there now trying to figure it out!) I’ve joined an online writer’s group with complete strangers from all over the world, and we are enjoying the creative company.

Last night, I watched a short YouTube video called “Isolated St. Patrick’s Day Parade” where people around the world, through the miracle of technology, were able to play one song from their homes—in Spain , the US, Ireland,  the UK  and Australia– in harmony and in sync. It was lovely and appropriately wonderful for a very unusual St. Patrick’s Day.

When this is all said and done, I’m hoping we have learned lessons as a society and can make our world safer, friendlier and better.

I never signed up to be dealing with COVID-19, but since I must, I have choices: I can panic and be mean and small, or I can take this lemon that I was given and make a big, beautiful meringue pie.

I choose the pie.

Our library has a lot of stories from Brats, Spouses and Teachers

Please us your story to: militaryfamilymuseum@comcast.net

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”!





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



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


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.


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.


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

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