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The Forgotten Ones


At a veterans’ get-together

Husbands and wives sit together

Drinking cocktails, sipping champagne

One by one, the vets all stand

Say their names, where they’re from

Where they served and in which campaigns

As each man speaks his piece

The group applauds, the ritual repeats

…their wives sit, unacknowledged—such a shame!

The vet in front of me stands, then the next skips over me

Demanding my turn, I leap up and say,

“Ladies for all your years of military life—

I thank you for your service. I’m glad you came”

Finally…the group applauds






Overseas Brats Founder Joe Condrill to host dinner in Albuquerque, NM

screen-shot-2016-12-26-at-1-48-51-pmWe are pleased to announce that the next regional get-together of Brats who live in the Albuquerque area ill happen:

WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 6:30 -9 p.m.

WHERE: Cervantes Restaurant, 5801 Gibson Blvd. SE, Albuquerque, NM (telephone: 505-262-2253).

WHO: You and anyone else connected with our special heritage!

WHAT: Annual gathering of Brats like us!
This event is:
FUN! Meaningful! Designed to build up your Brat heritage! Will introduce you to REAL Brat friendships! Economical and accessible!
Over 40 Brats and Educators representing hundreds of bases/communities/overseas schools are interested.
Register at: . Click on Upcoming Events. Then click on Regional Get-Togethers and scroll down to where you see this event mentioned. Registration discount if you register before January 15.

Register for one or more, as you wish!

2017 Upcoming Regionals:
DFW Metro area (Grapevine, TX): Saturday, January 28, 2017, 11am to 4pm
Oklahoma City, Sunday, January 29, 2017, Noon to 4pm
Albuquerque: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6 – 9 pm.
Arizona (Phoenix): Saturday, February 18, 2017 11 am to 4 pm
Southern California (Long Beach): Sunday, February 19, 2017 Noon to 4 pm
Central Texas (San Antonio): Saturday, February 25, 2017, 11am to 4pm
Houston, Sunday, February 26, 2017, Noon to 4pm

Experiencing Panama through the Memories of Others

by Circe Olson Woessner

As our cruise ship entered the Panama Canal earlier this month, my husband and I stood on the deck watching the “mules” guide our massive ship through the locks and listened to some military veterans explain the sights along the way. Over the years, I have learned that members of the military are great resources for information about places far and near, exotic and mundane. But some of the voices I heard came from out of the past, from people recalling their experiences in Panama through stories told to the Museum of the American Military Family, stories in the Museum archives and posted on the Museum website.

The night before we arrived in Panama, Hurricane Otto pushed through the region. While our ship experienced very little disruption, I thought about my friend, Army Brat Hudson, recalling his sea voyage to Panama in the 1940s.

“A steward sounded the call for dinner. Father wore his white uniform. We were seated at a table set with starched napkins that had been rolled into cones and placed so that tips pointed upward. A sudden roll of the ship sent glasses and silverware sliding across the table. The rising and falling sensation clashed with the odor of onion soup and some of the passengers slipped out to stand by the ship’s rail…”

As our ship neared Panama, I tried to imagine how the Zonian families assimilated the sights and smells of their new home. In the 1940’s, a turbaned dockhand secured the hawser and dockside, a military band greeted passengers with popular tunes and marches. The jungle smelled of the wild lime trees, oleanders and frangipani blossoms, rotting mangoes, mold, and the salt from the sea. There were lots of multicolored birds. Monkeys scampered in the trees along the shore and large spiders strung their webs from one tree to the next. Leaf Cutter ants made wide paths through the grass. Iguanas were everywhere Everything was vibrant and colorful. Read the rest of this entry »

A Buck A Brat Dandelion Challenge


Third in a series of Anthologies about University of Maryland, Munich

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