Saturday, 4/6/13, 7:25 AM Thanks for such a wonderful website! My grandfather served in World War II; my uncle served in Vietnam and many of our family members are Federal employees. I am proud and honored to be part of the Veterans Health Administration team, serving those who served us so well! Good job!
My fondest memories are those where I was a "brat." Loved the military life so much I joined the Army right out of high school, and spent 7 years as a military musician. My entire life has been centered around the military and even though my husband is retired now, we still live in a military community. Love the military life!”
I grew up as a Military "Brat" and, in general, loved the experience. I have lived in almost all areas of the United States and have spent several years overseas. Dad was a career Air Force officer who joined the Army Air Corps just before the outbreak of World War II and just before I was born. Although it was often hard to uproot, leave friends and familiar surroundings and move on to new places every few months or years, I feel that the variety and depth of experiences more than compensated for the disruption. I have frequently looked back with the observation that there is no place we lived that I would want to give up in order to have extended a previous stay.
Augsburg Elementary School 76-81; Mark Twain Elementary School, Heidelberg Germany 81-06 - It was like a 30 year vacation! I constantly treasure that special bond that developed between so many of us - you just can't really explain it to anyone who hasn't experienced it - how we came to rely and depend on each other, the way we had fun together and celebrated life and each other and how we came to care about each other. Technology sure makes it easy to keep that bond alive and stay connected.--
Friday, 3/22/13, 8:00 PM Another AF brat that enjoyed the life of traveling the States and Europe
Thursday, 1/24/13, 9:05 AM I grew up in a military family and lived all over the US, but my favoite time period was living in K-town and Munich from 1980-1983. I went to Kaiserslautern American and the U of Maryland Munich Campus. Loved every minute!
Friday, 12/14/12, 11:42 AM MY GOOD FRIEND DAVID WILSON TOLD ME ABOUT YOUR WEBSITE. I THINK YOU ARE DOING A GREAT SERVICE FOR OUR VETS. WE HAD A VETERANS TALK SHOW A WHILE BACK ON 1550 KIVA AM THANKS TO DON DAVIS THE RADIO STATION OWNER AND VETERANS ADVOCATE. AS A US MERCHANT MARINE OFFICER I SPENT MANY MONTHS FROM SAIGON TO DA NANG RVN IN THE LATE 60'S. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR AMERICAN HEROS. J. EDWARD RAEL http://www.eddierael.com
Saturday, 11/17/12, 10:33 AM Hello to all my Chateauroux, France contacts/friends/educators. I'm one of those "affiliated" military brats due to my civil service father (deceased 2003). His first civilian job after WWII was on an Air Force Base in Chateauroux, France. I came into the picture after he and my English War Bride mother were married in England in 1944. It was unusual for any family to serve on a USAF base overseas in civil service for more than 15 years. Our family was unique. We first moved to Paris, France in 1949 where my father attended graduate school at the Sorbonne. Dad accepted his first career focused job with US Civil Service by moving from Paris to Chateauroux in 1950. I lived around and attended school with other American Military Families in Chateauroux, France from 1950 to 1965. That's why I cannot claim a USA HOMETOWN. I've lived in several USA communities since my youth in France but no place like what most of you call "MY Hometown." Today I'm here to also share with you that I was an Air Force spouse for 20 years and our oldest son is a Veteran US Marine Corps Warrent Officer stationed at Fort Meade, Md. The legacy lives on.
Sunday, 11/11/12, 2:44 PM Speckenbuettel Elementary, Bremerhaven, Germany 1961- 1963 Bremerhaven American High School 1965-1966 Tokyo, Japan 1953-1954 (too young for school)
Monday, 10/8/12, 12:24 PM Thank you, Circe. for giving those of us associated with the military the chance to relate and share our feelings about being a part of that community. Being a military wife was a wonderful experience. I had the chance to meet so many outstanding people that I never would have met otherwise and to travel and live different places. Military people bond quickly and become like family. They are people you can count on if needed, and they know how to be helpful in difficult and stressful situations. Most are interesting, independent, curious, flexible, self- reliant people who are fun to be around and who try to make the most of each situation in which they find themselves. There are hardships involved for some like moving around a lot, being separated from families and having to go to combat. It is nice to let civilians know that these are top-notch people who need our support and who need to know that their sacrifices matter. I loved visiting the museum and will recommend to friends and family that they do the same.
Wednesday, 10/3/12, 6:19 AM The museum is great! I enjoyed it immensely and want to thank the museum staff for providing this much-needed site. I plan to visit it often in the days and months ahead.
Sunday, 7/15/12, 10:24 AM We were the first organization in the USA to adopt military families and still do after 12 years...we hope we will be included as a big part of your museum as we are completely focused on the military family and its needs. We are a USAF family ourselves and we invite everyone to come visit Homefront Hugs especially since your museum name is practically our name... Homefront Hugs dot org...come visit or google us to find us everywhere including Twitter and Facebook !
Friday, 7/13/12, 9:55 AM I am a retired DoDDS high school teacher who was assigned to Bitburg Middle School, Alconbury High School, Kaiserslautern Middle School, Kadena High School, Lakenheath Middle School, Lakenheath High School, and my last part year at Kinnick High School. The kids were great and the communities were very supportive. I wouldn't change my friends, including students, parents, and colleagues for anything.
Wednesday, 7/4/12, 8:02 AM Happy Fourth of July! Celebration the support of freedom by the military family!
Tuesday, 6/19/12, 4:21 PM This museum not only brings back great memories, it also helps me realize that there is something special about military brats. We're part of a large, but small community that puts forth and includes some of the best Americans this country has produced. I'm so proud to be a military brat, and I count this museum among my blessings. Not only is it wonderful to have such a great place for other brats, but it's in Albuquerque! Just one more reason to love this beautiful desert city. Even when you think it dries up, you realize just how easily it can become home. Thank you, Circe and crew, for all the hard work! It is worth it and we DO appreciate it!
Friday, 4/13/12, 11:44 AM I grew up in a military family, spending my childhood moving around. I've been to so many schools, and even another country. It was a hard life, but it was rewarding as well. Most people always talk about the soldiers but forget about their families. The families make sacrifices as well. I am proud to be an Army brat, and I am proud of my father for choosing to serve our country.
Sunday, 4/8/12, 1:49 PM Born in 1962 at the US Army Hospital in Heidelberg. Spent 1962, 1964-1980 in Karlsruhe, Germany. 1980- Dec 1981 in Munich, Germany, 1982-2003 US Air Force. Now I live with my family in Greenwood (subburb of Indianapolis)Indiana and I work for the Dep of Veteran Affairs. I must say, my time in Germany, especially Karlsruhe, was by far, the best time of my life. I met so many great people, and I will never forget those days. This website is something special. Thanks Circe!!
Sunday, 4/8/12, 5:27 AM Other than family, there is no greater bond that is as strong as the one I share with those who lived part of their lives in Karlsruhe, Germany. To see how important that was and still is to people after all these years is touching to say the least. Life was simpler and the negatvity and inconsiderate behavior of the world today was non-existent. I am proud to be a "military brat" and I am proud to be a member of the Karlsruhe Knights family...FOREVER!!
Wednesday, 3/28/12, 5:44 PM Looking good. The possibilities and connections are endless. It would be nice to take the first part of my military life as a dependent and then DOD employee for 20 and see how it connects with the last half of my life and work with the VA. Wow! What a journey.
Friday, 3/16/12, 11:26 AM I’m a 20 year Army Brat, son of an Army doctor. Dad served from 1952-1977, entering the service at Ft Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. He interned at Walter Reed, ten ordered to Frankfurt W. Germany where I came along in 1958. The rest is a very fond and memorable history.