Welcome to BratPin!

This site seeks to honor Military Brats with a BratPin – a simple, elegant pin symbolizing the lives we Military Brats lived, and are living…

Thank you, Brock Foster

The concept for the BratPin began in December 2009 when I contacted my US Congressman, Bob Latta (R/OH), and asked him why America’s Military Brats have never been recognized for their – for our – service to our nation.  I was inspired to ask this question by Pat Conroy’s observations in his Introduction to Mary Edwards Wertsch’s book, “Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress.” He noted:

“We are an undiscovered nation living invisibly in the body politic of this country.” He went on to say, “We’d never stopped to honor ourselves, out loud, for our understanding service to America.”

Then he said, “Our greatest tragedy is that we don’t know each other.”  Oh, how so true!

Toward the end of his Introduction Conroy says, “…military brats, my lost tribe, spent their entire youth in the service to this country, and no one even knew we were there.”  Well, why not?

I bought Mary’s book in the mid-1990s, and over the years, I kept coming back to Conroy’s Introduction.  As I continued to read it, over and over again, these statements began to resonate ever louder in my soul – and I became evermore restless with them.

Then I began paying attention to the Brats on TV – at military unit deployments, at returns, and upon occasion, at funerals. Through the pomp and ceremony I focused in on the kids.  I saw and felt their fears, their hurts, their insecurities and yes, upon occasion, their joys!  (I just love those videos of Moms and Dads surprising their kids with early returns!)  Then, in mid-December 2009, I got mad.  Why in Hell hasn’t this country recognized these kids for their service to our country?  Congress has recognized just about everyone else!  So I shot off an email to Bob Latta asking the question.  Five hours later, I received a call from one of his ‘horse-holders’ (staff) asking more about my idea.

Explaining my idea to the staffer was the beginning of legislation to recognize and honor our Brats.  First came H.R. (House Resolution) 5333: Children of Military Service Members Commemorative Lapel Pins Act. (I was amused with the “pretty people” in Washington having a hard time in calling us Brats!)  That bill died “in committee” later that year.

In March 2011 Bob reintroduced the bill as HR 1014, same title.  That bill sat “in committee” for 2 years before dying. That’s progress I suppose…

Finally, in May 2013, Mr. Latta once again reintroduced the proposed legislation as HR 1889 – and today, 17 September 2013, it languishes “in committee.”

Because it was going nowhere fast, I decided in early April 2013 to ‘do something’ every day, to promote HR 1889.  First I enlisted the help of a couple friends to create a YouTube video to create an awareness of HR 1889 and garner support.  After our first filming session, the interviewer asked, “Don’t you think 3 and a half years of sitting in committee isn’t a bit ‘disrespectful’ to these kids?  You bet your bippy I do!

Then he asked, “Why don’t you just do it yourself?”  That simple question touched my “inner Brat!”

So I thought, “Why not?”  I figured if I waited for Congress to act, I’d receive mine posthumously!

If the bill passes, it will then have to go to the Army’s Department of Heraldry for design.  I can only imagine what those guys would come up for us!  So, taking this project on myself became even more appealing.

I then joined a couple-3 FaceBook groups and began soliciting ideas.  The response and support was exciting (and humbling) as ideas began flowing.  Brats!  Ya gotta love ’em!

From the outset my vision for the pin was for it to be, ‘simple, yet elegant.’  I wanted something easily recognizable that whispered “Brat” instead of shouting it.

Early on I came across the dandelion as an icon representing Military Brats. Turns out it is the official flower of Military Brats. I wasn’t “shot-in-the-head” with the concept at first, but the more I thought about it, the more sense it made to me. Then I stumbled upon this piece:

The Military Child

girl_dandelion_930x660“The official flower of the military child is the dandelion. Why? The plant puts down roots almost anywhere, and it’s almost impossible to destroy. It’s an unpretentious plant, yet good looking. It’s a survivor in a broad range of climates. Military children bloom everywhere the wind carries them. They are hardy and upright. Their roots are strong, cultivated deeply in the culture of the military, planted swiftly and surely. They’re ready to fly in the breezes that take them to new adventures, new lands and new friends.


Dandelion with seeds flying awayExperts say that military children are well-rounded, culturally aware, tolerant, and extremely resilient. Military children have learned from an early age that home is where their hearts are, that a good friend can be found in every corner of the world and in every color, and that education doesn’t only come from school. They live history. They learn that to survive means to adapt, that the door that closes one chapter of their life opens to a new and exciting adventure full of new friends and new  experiences.” ~ Anonymous

…and it all started coming together.


Simple, yet elegant. I wanted a dandelion showing the seeds as they begin to leave the ‘puff ball.’  I thought this would symbolize us as we leave our Military childhoods.  Some leave, others remain behind for a while.  Might even look upon it as a graduating senior class – scattering to the winds.

Then a Brat suggested using a ‘dog tag’ chain as the border!  How cool is this?  So, in the end, we came up with this, the BratPin!  Simple, yet elegant.  Visit The BratPin Store to purchase yours.

The BratPin, Front View

139 thoughts on “Welcome to BratPin!

    1. This is awesome…..I came across this by accident…..I am a BRAT as are many of my life.long friends! We gather about every 4_5 years for a reunion at Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico. Thanks for remembering the brats….I’m so excited!

    2. One thing no one has touched on is when deployed in other countries as military brats we were also the young ambassadors for our country and should be proud. My sisters and brothers all younger were in Tokyo Japan the first decade after the war. I found the Japaneese people one of the most gracious, polite wonderful people. My dad was special investigator for the Air Force. I was born, raised and married into the Air Force and proud of it. I call myself the most patriotic non military personnel being a brat let us learn so much about life regular kids will never have the chance of doing. I feel sorry for them not to been a part of that process. It was a wonderful life. Even though being in another country not knowing the language the young people were learning English and being able to communicate was easy made lots acquaintances with high school students and made friends easily and represented our country with good relations. We really all deserve acknowledgement for being able to change duty stations so easily so our military families could perform their duties

      1. Good Morning Nancy,
        “We really all deserve acknowledgement for being able to change duty stations so easily so our military families could perform their duties…”
        Absolutely! Pat Conroy once remarked, “We never took the time to honor ourselves, out loud, for our understanding service to America.” And you hit the nail on the head. This is the whole idea behind the BratPin.
        This simple little pin; simple, yet elegant, quietly whispers, “I served also.” Being like Brats, somewhat non-descript (until you look at it for what it is), expresses how we lived as kids… and in a lot of cases as adults – anonymous. Well now we are about to find out who we are, and celebrate our service!

        Thank you for your comments…


        1. I was wondering if most BRATS even realize what that states for. Years ago when British wives and children traveled with their military. Parent they were called British Regiment Attached Traveler aka BRATS. The wives did not like being referred to as BRATS but kids didn’t mind so it stuck. Knowing the history Behind it makes it seem even more honorable

          1. I suspect most of us didn’t realize BRAT meant British Regiment Attached Traveler. Nor do we realize the true meaning of SH*T is Ship High In Transit. Nor do all BRAT’s compute becoming fish out of water..The disconnection with ones kind and type is mind blowing. Suddenly you are a civilian and lost at sea! The world as you knew it, changed!

            The reconnection perhaps for any military brat, of any age group is feeling right at home walking around a military instalation, base housing VA Hospital etc. Odd, but true. Small talk becomes a mastered talent.

  1. Military Brats! What a small token of appreciation we can show to this worthy and noble group!

  2. I like the first design Mary Kay did with all of the branches of service represented along with the Brat flower. This is great. Keep up the good work.

    1. Thank you for your comment Tracey. It is one of the designs I forwarded to the lapel pin guy… “Bobo”

      1. I would like to see all the designs for the pin and pendant…let me know what else you have, thanks

  3. I cant wait for the pins to come out. Were a military family and all 3 of my Kids are Navy Brat’s. LOL Even my new and first granddaughter was born 9-2 on a Naval base so I will be getting her one as well.
    I was sent your YouTube video via Facebook I have shared it, because I have a lot of Military as friends. I worked DOD and my Husband retired Navy after 24 years. So friends of friends Military it’s going to be seen all over the world.. Thank you for thinking of our Children…

  4. Barbara Knowles, I am so glad I thought to share this site with you for your children. It dawned on me that your kids faced similar things in Japan recently that I did some 50 plus years ago in Germany and might really have a blast seeing how many folks they run into. Welcome to some of the Internet Brat info and thank you Bob Holliker for all you have done.

  5. Awesome idea – i would be proud to wear it! You should get in contact with all the schools I know many from Upper Heyford/Croughton HS would also feel this way

    1. That pin looks amazing! I am getting a small tattoo of the same thing on my shoulder. To Debbie.. I graduated from Upper Heyford HS on RAF Croughton in 1977.

  6. I would love to order some of the brat pins. My husband served 30 years in the Marine Corps, Our daughter served proudly by being an example of a military brat for 16 of those years. At most bases you can find the red rose pin signifying the military wife, but this is the first time we can honor those brave children who endured countless obstacles, but made themselves a better well-rounded person without them realizing it. The Dandilion which is a strong plant withstanding many obstacles itself, but can soften and flow in the wind is so much like our military children! I can’t wait! Many thanks!

  7. I am an Air Force Brat. Love your thoughts. Want a pin. Please let me know how I can order one. I am a member of Upper Heyford American High School RAF Upper Heyford England. We love you

    1. Best education I ever had. I can tie just about every success to this part of my life. When is the pin available?

      1. Jerry, The pins are available now – at http://www.bratpin.com Just go into the BratPin Store (in the Header) and select PINS on the left side of the page. From there it’s fairly straight forward. Cheers! Bob

        1. Hello, I am trying to find out if you are still making these wonderful pins. My husband is retiring soon and would like to acknowledge our three children during the ceremony. I stumbled across this website and love what you have done. Can you please verify that you are still selling these pins and about how long it takes to get them? Thank you!

  8. I am an Army Brat and proud of it. My dad served for 31 years and I and my siblings were brought up all over the world. Would do it again in a heart beat. I love the Brat Pin and when they are available for order or pre-order I would like to order one.

  9. Love this idea, and the words from Anonymous are so true. I think if I hadn’t been a military brat I would not have been prepared to handle the death of my daughter. I am proud to be a military brat.

  10. Good Luck with this endeavor, Bob……another group of the “forgotten”. They go through the same insecurities and fears as a spouse with little to no recognition. It took someone like you to take the effort to bring these brave children to the for-front of our lives, thoughts and prayers. Thank you for all of your efforts and large heart.

  11. ordered a pin and a pendant. Excited to get them. Thanks bob for all you have done and continue to do for all brats no matter what.

  12. Well done, Bob! I know how long you have worked on this on behalf of our “tribe” and you have seen your idea come to fruition. Imagine how it will feel when you see one of the pins being worn by someone that you don’t know! I am in the process of double checking how many I need for nieces, nephews, cousins, my sister, & myself (18 so far!). Thank you again.

    1. Ms. Colleen,

      I am not able to think about, ‘imagining how it will feel to see one of the pins being worn by someone I don’t know.’ It just brings tears to my eyes! (My be ‘windy and dusty’ in here?) I do however, want to thank you for working with me on this – I did not do it alone! There are many “Brats” who contributed, and I am so proud of all of you! Cheers, Bob

  13. Can’t wait to order my pin. Thanks for all your work Bob. I am lucky enough my mother is still here to present to me. After her presentation I am having a party.

    1. Wow, Sue, me and Bob also went to HS in France, but not Verdun. Dad was stationed at Chambley AFB. We went to HS at Toul-Rosières Air Base. We had to ride the bus about an hour each way, usually driven by a drunk French guy. I guess your dad, like ours, got thrown out of France by the ungrateful Charles DeGaulle.

      1. You were at Toul? When?

        We have an alumni association and there will be a reunion next year!

        Toul ’65

        1. Sue could you send me Toul info….lost track of you thru my moves..Thanks..was there 63-65

  14. I’m a Proud AF BRAT! I went to 17 different schools of which 3 were High Schools. All schools in different locations. All the people that touched me a re a part of me. All the places I lived from Japan to England and all the many places in between have me the gift of being able to adapt quickly. Not only that, but learn and live the different cultures. I experienced more in my youth than most do in a lifetime. To say we had to grow up fast, says it mildly. If we’re asked, “Given a choice would you want to live that way again?” Unanimously, we would All say YES! I was blessed and am proud to say I made the Air Force my career. God Bless Our BRATS!

  15. I have purchased the military brat coin and the framed coin and I am immensely proud of my military brat heritage so I am thrilled to actually be able to wear it more publicly now with a pin or the pendant. I hope my sons who are also military brats (their Father was in the Navy) will consider wearing the pin with a suit though they rarely wear one. They do hang their framed coins though. This is the best idea ever and I commend you for continuing to pursue it through the bureaucratic maze. Let us all know what we can do to help support you. Thank you so very much!

  16. Bob,
    Found out about this searching for what the pin looks like that senator’s where and stumbled into HR1889. Then found a blog on your pin and being an army brat. Been there and done that. Five kids in our family were brats. Three of us have accrued 75 years of active duty and our dad has 32 years. I was also a DAC and deployed to Iraq & Afghanistan.
    Was going to hit my house & senate reps and send a email to the sub committee chair also.
    If I might entertain a suggestion I suggest you open up the web to asking brats to submit a suggested design. I like the dandy line idea but in a small pin it may become lost. I like the coin first design you handed out and wish I could have been at the event. But a coin is bigger than a lapel pin and detail may be lost. Might submit you idea to each of the services news magazines and their news papers. Just a thought.
    Will forward the story on to our local MOPH Chapter as well as, VFW chapter.
    Will make this a favorites.
    What post were you at and what time frame. I started moving in 1954 and been a lot of places and so have my kids.

  17. Hi, I’m a proud AF Brat and AF Veteran.. With that said, I agree with Ed. I’m not a designer, but I do have a suggestion. I like the idea of including a map of the world along with the dandelion blowing in the wind and with having a seedling blowing representing each DOD, i.e. USAF,, USA, USMC, USN, USCG. Perhaps Military. At the top of the world and Brat at the bottom. Coins have been the thing for the last couple of decades in the Armed Forces. At my last Reunion last year we that graduated in England 1977 was the Queens Silver Jubilee, so to serve as a remberance I gave our classmates a Queens Silver Jubilee Comemoritive Coin from 1977. We all carry it in our wallets and as the tradition goes, when were together and one of us pull out our coin, everyone else will show their’s. If one person doesn’t have theirs they buy a round of drinks. Alcohol or non-Alcohol. One side could be the map of the world and the other with the dandelion blowing in the wind with each branch blowing in the wind.

    Perhaps starting a closed group for Military Brats only on Facebook could be considered.

    Just a suggestion………

    Proud Military BRAT,

    Karen Cassey

    1. Hope you will reconsider the exclusivity you are expousing. We “civilian”, “embassy’, “support staff” brats participated fully in the schools, athletics and social activities of the military brats. I hope you will reconsider regarding kids who also served with their parents, sometimes under even more trying conditions in countries where the military wasn’t. Many of the parents of these kids were in the military in WWII.

      1. Good Morning Marsy, The last time this issue was raised I “reached out” with an offer to help recognize these kids, and had no takers! I just don’t have the resources, the time or the personal experience to go beyond what I am doing these days with the BratPin. If you care to take it on, I am willing to work with you… Cheers, Bob

  18. Hello Brats! I’m a Brat too! A proud USAF Brat. I was even born on Eglin AFB in Florida and ended up going to fourteen different schools. Now I live close to the best AFB in SC and I love hearing them fly overhead. I hear them now and it’s the wonderful sound of freedom. God Bless all you Brats, everyone in the military, retired military and our great country.

    Proud Military Brat,
    Michael Dean

  19. I don’t want to be the naysayer in the crowd, but one warning. When I printed it out and posted in my office at work, a colleague asked what it was. When I proudly told him and he explained, he laughed and said, “Someone’s playing a joke on you!” What do you mean? He said that’s a pin for PEACE ACTIVISTS! I said he was crazy. He then explained that at several Vietnam War Protests, when a singer on stage sang the song “Blowin’ in the Wind” that folks had grabbed some dandelions and blew them. It was picked up by others at another protest. He then went on to say, “Why do you think it doesn’t say anything on it? Because not everyone is happy with those who protested during the war and that’s their inside advertisement. I said BS and I don’t know if he was pulling my leg. However, I think there’s a cure. .

    In a future “reissue/manufacturing” if you used the SHAPE OF THE DOGTAG as the shape of the pin — it would automatically scream “military” connection (my business card is that shape and I get “oohs n’ ahs” when people see it” thinking it’s kind of cool in the military envirnoment that I work in.)

    Or/and please consider putting “some” sort of moniker (e.g., Military Brats or whatever) as many WHO ARE BRATS WILL NOT KNOW WHAT THIS IS — it can be small type or whatever.

    That being said, I’ll still order one, although I suspect few will recognize it for what it is (unless they hear it from word of mouth.) Then…in 20 yrs or whatever, once it has hit all the generations coming up, it will mean something.

    1. I am Lt. Co. R.F. (Bob) Holliker Jr., USAF/(Ret.) and I can personally assure that the BratPin is NOT a “joke.” I am also an Air Force Brat. I conceived and created the BratPin to recognize and honor Military Brats. I chose the dandelion because it is the official flower of the Military Child. I had no idea of the association of it’s with “peace activists” of the 60’s. I was a little busy at that time to concern myself with anything “peace activists” were blowing.

      (Description of the Official Flower of the Military Child – the Dandelion attached.)

      The design of the BratPin was kept “simple,” with no explanations, for a purpose. Brats tend to be ‘more aware,’ and need no explanations (verbal or visual) to ‘get it.’ We just know. And now, having read about the significance of the dandelion to us, now you know. The BratPin doesn’t say anything on it because it doesn’t need to – we just know…

      No, this icon is not a joke, and it would serve those who want to make it one best to keep to themselves. I for one, need just a few more folks to tell me, “Thank you for your service” to get past the memory of how we were received when we returned from serving our country – while others just hung out blowing dandelions and whatever else.

      By the way, there are “dog tags,” like the BratPin, in the design phase, along with a few other things. From your email above, I think they will hold an appeal for you.

      So, in closing here, know that this pin was created to recognize you, and other Brats, for your service to our country, and to HONOR you for it! Nothing more, nothing less… If you do choose to purchase one, I encourage you to wear it with pride, for as a Brat, you earned it!

      Thank you for sharing, and not to worry! Just stay calm, and Brat on!


      RF (Bob) Holliker Jr

      1. Hi Bob, You called me yesterday for another matter. I just want to reiterate my thanks to you for making the Bratpin a reality. Once it gets ‘popularized’, and we start to see it on others, I can’t image my reaction. That is one of the big reasons I want to wear it. I am a Navy BRAT, and my Dad was one of the “greatest generation” of the 20th century. My parents saw the world as black and white, and really were dedicated to their roles in the world as military, and thought they were doing the best possible job of parenting for us (4 of us). As time has gone on in my life, I’ve discovered some of the “negatives” of being a BRAT. One is that if you change schools during adolescence, and are always “the new kid”, you spend an inordinate amount of time trying to figure out what’s “cool” in your new school, and not enough time figuring out who you are and what you want from life. At least that’s what I did(n’t do). And doing it later is a bummer. Another “negative” is that you become really great at making friends, but you learn early not to “invest” yourself very deeply, knowing that you’ll soon be “torn away” from them. Realizing this so late in my life is still good, even though I’m sorry not to have been a better friend to those who opened to me. Now, the “negatives” don’t begin to outweigh the positives of being a BRAT. I spent two glorious years in Paris, while my Dad (Supply Corps) was loaned to NATO. We left before Pres. DeGaulle got rid of NATO in France, as well as the other American/British military, so I didn’t experience that. However, I did learn French and the whole experience changed my life for good. Also, attending 15 schools before college was difficult, but it also gave me a better understanding of the different regions of our country than I would have had. Anyway, Bob, thank you so much for your continued efforts, and for “fighting the good fight”, even for those who don’t realize it.

        1. I thought I recognized your name, Jane. My Dad was also Navy, and we were in Paris from 1959 to 1962 – he was attached to the Naval Attache’s Office in Paris. I attended Paris American High School, and would have been class of 1965 if we’d stayed there. I found your Facebook page, and while you and I have been on each other’s friends list since 2011, I only saw two other PAHS alumni, Barry M. and Janet G. on our mutual lists. I just thought you might like to know that there are many PAHS members on Facebook now, and we also have a private page where we can do our school days’ reminiscing. They have reunions every 2 years – the last one was in San Antonio. They are even planning a PAHS reunion in Paris the fall of this year.

          We also left before DeGaulle got rid of NATO – but I’m left with many memories.

  20. I totally love this pin idea and am so glad you have followed your dream. It will be a total success. Looking forward to my pin arriving and plan on getting the decal and t-shirt. Your work is appreciated and loved. I will wear it on my scrubs everyday. People will love it! MB

  21. The dandelion as the symbol for military brats was developed during a discussion on another military brats website MANY years ago:

    I do like the pin, but if others can’t see the Brats reference it probably won’t mean anything to the general public. I like the dog tag suggestion as the shape, with US Military Brat around the outside. Perhaps the pendant can be sold with the dog tag chain??

    I also second Bob in encouraging everyone to read Mary’s book, especially if you are a child of the 50s and 60s.

    Toul American HS,
    Toul France

    1. Good Morning Sue,

      Thank you for stopping by, and sharing your comments…

      In Conroy’s Introduction to Mary’s book, he makes a few poignant comments with respect to us (Brats) recognizing, and honoring ourselves. This is essentially the basis for the BratPin – a pin, created by Brats, for Brats, honoring Brats!

      I think there is a call to have a nice pin that screams “Brat pride,” and we have one on the way. However, when I saw Conroy’s observation, “Our greatest tragedy is that we don’t know each other,” I thought to myself, “Well, isn’t it about time we discovered who we are?” So while there is merit to having the general public become aware of who we are, I think it is more important that WE know who we are first. I love the thought of 2 Brats coming upon each other – each wearing a BratPin someday, and recognizing each other as Brats – something that would not have been possible years past… Let the “Did you knows” begin! LOL!

      Your idea here and will take a look at it…

      Chambley AFB, France
      Verdun HS

  22. Love the idea of the pin! Like the dog tag idea. I too think it is long over-due that military brats from all branches be recognized for their service as a brat. Will be adding this link to The Incirlik Alumni Association FB page!

  23. I placed an order, waited, yet no verification indicating order was complete or received. I kept trying so hope my re-clicking “submit” did not add more orders to my account. How can I know if you received my order for (1) brat pendant and (1) brat pin?

    I really like this concept and the design–see each bead representing a brat joined in common bond with others and see seed pods as “points of light” dispersed throughout the world. I am a “senior” brat yet know and understand impact of benefits and negatives on my development into adulthood, as I am certain most of us older brats do.

    Thanks for your diligent efforts. Judi

  24. I have been thrilled over the past few days to find all the web pages honoring us! Thank you!

  25. I have the same question as Judi Zellner above. I clicked on “continue” 3 times but did not advance to a page to pay with credit card. Is it just mailed and billed? Can we contact someone by phone to take the credit card into and make sure the order is being processed?

  26. Curious, what happens to the profits?Is this a sole proprietor company? Or are the profits going to benefit brat reunions? Just curious and had to ask.

    1. Proceeds from BratPin will be distributed to other “non-profits” Supporting military Children.

  27. Bob!
    Just received my order! LOVE it! I actually ordered one for me, my two sisters and two brothers…we’re Navy brats. I hope they will be excited to receive a treat from their big sister in the mail in the next few days. I thought it would be a fun way for us to remember how growing up years and what shaped us into the people we’ve become. I wish you great success!

  28. I would love to order the blue dandelion pin for my 4 sisters and myself,along with blue pouches.my dad was in the Army,and I always thought we were special because we got to travel;I always made good grades,as did my sisters,and moving did not seem to hurt us in anyway.We were stationed in Austria,France,and Pakistan.I am unable to figure out how to order these items(obviously,technical expertise was not something I’m good at)If you could let me know how to go about ordering,I will send you the money ASAP.Congratulations on this venture-I find it very exciting.We like to give ourselves unusual gifts,and I’ll just bet I will win this year!Help,Mary

  29. I am so HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY! I got my BratPin items. I love the vehicle decal, it’s a good size! I got the pendant, I’m going to put it on a dog tag chain to make it stand out around my neck. The pin will be on my coat. Thanks Bob.

  30. I received my order today. Love all of it. I plan on ordering more. Thank you. I love it. :)

  31. Just ordered decals for myself and my six brothers and sisters. Hope they get here for Thanksgiving. Love being a Brat.

  32. Oh my gosh! This is my second order. The turn around time was fast, fast, fast. I ordered another decal & just had to order the colorful BRAT★ pin.

  33. Thank you so much for this. My siblings and I were born and raised Air Force BRATS. No one but a BRAT understands our life. I love that you have put so much effort into this. I will post on my page and spread the word as much as I can. Thank You Thank You Thank You! Ordering for Christmas Gifts!!

  34. Thank you so much for designing these. I am an Army Brat and proud to be one. I miss the life and yes would do it again in a heartbeat. I bought 3 of the pendants on chains. One for my sister, brother and myself. I wish they were alive to see them. They would have been so proud. I will wear mine with pride and place theirs on their graves. I think I will have found the closure I was searching for. Again, I thank you.

  35. Bob, the pin design is so elegant! I am impressed, and have ordered two for my own use. Your web site is very nice, too. I will help spread the word! So glad you are doing this.


  36. Bob: Have you thought about tie tacks, earrings, ankle bracelets, or book marks?

    1. Heather, These are both great ideas. I plan on looking at ‘other items’ after the first of the year, and these certainly will be included. Thank you, Bob Holliker

  37. I have two great grandchildren that are military brats. I would love to get them each one of these wonderful pins. Where can I order them, and how much are they?

    1. Evening Linda, You can order the pins on this site, in the BratPin Store. The pins are $7.50 each and $4.00 for shipping and handling. If you have ay problems, lease let me know. Thank you, Bob Holliker

  38. I cannot thank you enough for you. After all of these years even as a grown woman when people ask me where I am from I always answer first I am a military brat. After that people get confused or they think I am telling tall tales about the cold war or watching the berlin wall fall or living through the massive movement of personnel and machinery and bomb threats during the first gulf war..not to mention bombing Libya and Chernobyl blowing up. Then the flugtag disaster….. I lived history and would have it no other way. I would never trade my life and experiences for anything. If anything I believe it made me the best me I could be. Your emblem touches my heart and your efforts to get it to me for Christmas was truly amazing. It is the very best gift I could have ever wanted. Thank you thank you…I most humbly thank you!!!
    Kindest regards

    1. Good Morning to ya!

      The pendant is 1 and a quarter inches in length, and 3/4 inches wide. I reckon that would make for a large charm. I am exploring creating a charm bracelet with a company now, and should have an idea soon. Stay tuned! Bob

    1. Hi Lyn, Nice to “see you” again! I am happy to report that the pin and other “BratPin” products are being well received! Take care, Bob Holliker, HHAHS/’64

  39. Brat at heart. My sister is having to sell her home an getting rid of her things, I was explaining to a non brat last week how difficult it is after she made a callous statement, something like…… It is just stuff…. Walk a mile in our shoes, as kids when dad got orders! something always had to be sacrificed, things and friends. I kinda feel like we had no home town the kids at our last oversaw assignment (high school) are still the closest friends I have and it took me 30 years to reconnect with them. We were and remain BRATS

  40. This is such a amazing thing. My dad did 23 years in the Air Force and I and my mom proudly survived by his side. Something that I have seen that maybe a nice addition to your pin is a Coin. I grew up with the coins the old why slapping them down at the NCO club. My dad gave me his top 3 coin when he made Master Sargent and I still carry it to this day. If there is a coin out there I’d like to know where I can get it. Good luck and thanks for remembering the Brats.

  41. What about those of us that are Government Brats? Although we were not part of any branch of the service, we had the same triasl and tribulations that all Brats went through.

  42. I like to consider myself a “retired” military brat, as my father retired from the USAF in 1978. I never had that feeling like I never belonged anywhere, as my father PCS’d to Keesler Air Force Base 3 times, and retired there. I was lucky to begin, leave, return, leave again, and return to graduate high school with people/friends that I started with. I also live on RAF Upper Heyford from 1972 to 1976, and often wondered about the kids that came and went in the middle of school years. That had to be hard. I was lucky, all of our moves happened during summer vacation. My wife is also a “retired” military brat, and I believe we will be getting challenge coins and the pendants.

    Thanks for thinking about the children.

  43. Thank you so much! I receive my pin and necklaces in the mail the other day. I love them!!!! I am getting some for my grand children they are military bratts and been going to dod schools overseas themselves.
    Thank you love it!

  44. Hi Bob! It brings tears to my eyes and joy to my heart to browse through this web site. Thank you so much for all that you are doing for all Military BRATs!!

    I was an active duty USAF BRAT from 1943-1961, and never ever changed in my “retirement”. (By the way, any historian will see that I was an AF BRAT before the Air Force existed. Technically, I guess, I’m Army/Army Air Corps/and then Air Force from its beginning!)

    Now to buy some of your beautiful BRAT dandelion items, which I will wear and treasure! And, indeed, I will keep an eye on this site for new products.

    Love and hugs to you and all the Tribe! And much gratitude…

  45. I received my BratPin today from my Uncle. What an honor! Thank you for creating this tremendous honor.

  46. What a lovely tribute to Brats everywhere. I am a Brat (Army) and one of my grandsons is a Brat (Dad is Army, Mom is National Guard). I feel welcomed in the Brat Pages I’m on … it feels like ive come home ….. so thankyou … and I do want to order a Bratpin!!!

  47. I have just received my order which includes five different BratPin items. I am so proud and so pleased. All items are as pictured and as described — beautiful! A couple of the items are for my brother, who will be really happy to learn of this tribute! Thank you, Bob!

  48. I have just completed an article for my high school (Rochefort AHS, France) newsletter (Deja Vue) about the Brat Pin. I mentioned it at our 2013 reunion in Indianapolis, but didn’t then have the details about ordering. My article gives all the information necessary about ordering. I’m hoping my alumni will be interested. I know that I am! I have been a member of Overseas Brats since the second year of its inception over 25 years ago, and listed on the Military Brats registry for many years. I’ve always been grateful to both Joe Condrill and Marc Curtis for bringing our alumni together. Now I have another person to be grateful for, and that is you, Bob Holliker for designing these items that recognize the military brats. I am a VERY PROUD Army Brat because of my late step-father who retired from the Army after 20 years of service to our country. In his service, he landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day and swept across Europe, including the Battle of the Bulge to earn the prestigious Victory Medal I will wear my Brat Pin with pride and honor for also “serving my country” as a Military Brat! Thanks, Bob, for your courage to step forward to honor those who now honor you! God bless America and our military serving all over the world, and God bless those who stand by their sides and wait for their return!
    Pat Riley Blackwell
    LaRochelle, France 1952-53
    Rochefort, France 1953-55
    Eau Claire High School, Columbia, SC 1955-56

  49. Hi Bob,
    firstly, I would like to thank you very much for sending me the pin. I met your friends Laurel and Jeff recently and I know they very kindly got in touch with you and you duly forwarded the Pin to me.
    It’s wonderful to be finally recognised. Only another ‘Brat’ can fully appreciated what it’s like to be uprooted. New school, new country, sometime every year.
    My farther was a pilot in the British Fleet Air Arm and served in WWII (mentioned in Despatches), we moved nearly every year in many parts of the world including Brazil and Australia, to name but a few.
    My only suggestion to the enhancement of your Pin is to exchange the the words: ‘Honoring our American Military Brats’, to say something that would include the likes of me, being a British Brat, I felt sort of left out. Maybe the word ‘Worldwide, or international, would include us all. I guess you could have one for American Brats and one for Internationl Brats, but I don’t feel that would be really cost affective.
    Thank you once again and I will wear the pin with pride!
    Kindest regards
    Pippa :o)

  50. Nice recognition. The Journey Home movie Chris Cristopherson narrated shed some light on us , his closing words, “And no one knew we were there ”
    Not even to the media is known that some of us military dependents spent time imprisoned by foreign governments during coups. You could say that qualifies as a POW . But because US politicians didn’t want to anger those leaders, and frankly didn’t know what the hell to do about us, we became invisible. It never happened… They swept us under the rug.

  51. It might be cost prohibitive, have you thought about making a pin with a magnetic backing? Our names tags for work are magnetic and we love them. I love your products.

  52. So very true, Lance. I was in the P.I. for two coup attempts and was in Germany for many terrorist bombings.

  53. I just returned from my 50th High School Reunion held in Austin Texas. In 1964 we graduated in Wiesbaden Germany and then like the dandelion flower blew away to different parts of the world. There have been other reunions over the years but this one is special for many reasons to me. I connected with Bob, the passion, energy and brains behind the Brat Pin. We graduated together yet really didn’t know each other in ’64. As we shared our stories of what it was like to be a Brat, I was touched by the similarities of our paths and loses. Bob was a blessing over the last 3 days and the conversations surrounding the BRAT PIN filled a hole in my soul that had lingered for years. As I was growing up I went to 17 different schools in 10 US states and 3 foreign countries before I graduated from College. No place to really call home and no real life long friends that I had gone to school with. Talking with Bob was a very strong healing experience and his passion behind the PIN will stay with me forever. God Bless you Bob and stay Strong.

  54. I have ordered my Brat car magnets, what a wonderful tribute to all of us Brats, me 1950-1969, then I flew on my own. I have always been proud to be a Military Brat and realize how blessed I have been. Thank you for taking the time to honor all of us. We are a special bunch of folks.

  55. I ordered car magnets for myself and my sister. We spent 7 years in Germany, Hahn Air Base (now gone), Sembach Air Base (not Air Force anymore) and lastly Ramstein Air Base, where I attended Kaiserslautern American High School. So proud of my heritage as a BRAT and I love being able to display my magnet. I’m sure after awhile people will start too understand what it represents, at least that is my hope. Thanks for all you are doing.

  56. Bob, we certainly enjoyed meeting you at our get-together in Columbia, SC last weekend. Hope we get to see you again!

  57. This would look really great as a belt buckle. Get with Montana Silversmiths and have them put your design on one of their buckles.

  58. I am wanting to know the price of the brat pin… my husband and I met in Germany. His did was air force and my dad was army. We were stationed at Rammstein and my husband famy was at K-town…. we attended the same church. I would love to get one for him and myself. Thank you and God Bless.

  59. I grew up on Air Force Bases overseas and was drafted right out of high school. I joined the navy, and the transition from civilian to serviceman was non existent compared to those who grew up on “civvy street.” My sister was born in Casablanca, Morocco and the pin goes to her.

  60. I am an Air Force Brat who has a dynamic screensaver of a dandelion on my cell. Sometimes I watch as the spires fly across the screen and I think of all the places I’ve traveled. I have a pin and am interested in the scarf. Thanks for all you do for us Brats.

  61. Hi Bob, I received my Military Brat pin today from a fellow USAF Military Brat we were stationed with in Germany. She and I have lost touch several times through the years but, thanks to social networking, reconnected several years ago. You can imagine my surprise, and delight, to receive the pin. Thank you so much for recognizing the children of our military service men and women. My husband, who is an Army veteran, always jokes that I served longer than he did. Thank you for both of your services – as a military brat and in the USAF. God bless!

  62. Got the Brat Pin in the mail a couple of days ago. I’m giving it to my sister who was born in Casablanca during the Moroccan Revolution. At that time the kids who lived in Casa were school-bused to Nouasseur Air Base some 18 miles away. The Air Force bus drivers were armed with .45s, and we were escorted by an Air Force armored car. We had to pass Fort Mediouna on the way, which was occupied by French Army and Foreign Legionnaires, and their tanks’ guns followed our buses as our armored escort kept them in their sights. It was exciting for an 11-year-old boy, and an experience that “civilian” kids will never know. Thanks for the pin, and for kick-starting my memories.

    1. Oh Mine! First of all I am a military brat twice over. Rod, I have looked for you off and on for a long time. I was looking today and came across this wonderful site. We went to school together at Nouasseur. I was there a short time before my father was killed outside the communist encampment while on a mission for the base commander. I pray that one of your memories is of me. I cannot believe that I found you. I am so positive that you are “Rod.” Let me know please!

      For the rest of you all….My father died when I was 13. Daddy received a lot of awards over the years. We came back to American soil for the last time unfortunately. My new Dad was an Air Force pilot. He was a hot shot pilot from WWll. I will order my pin right now. It is beautiful.

      Ginny Merritt Rountree

  63. What a fantastic Idea, it also pertinent for the Canadian Military Brat as well, as a lot of us were on the same bases….What a fantastic idea

  64. Hello! I love this website, but I have a question. I served in the DODDS school system for several years, and my children grew up overseas. I would love to give them decals and pendants with DODDS in place of ARMY, NAVY, etc. I know many DODDS people who would also love these for their kids. Any possibility you could make one for us? My adult children would be so excited to receive these! Thanks!

    1. Thank you Carol,

      Take a look at the BratPin Decal in the BratPin Store. It was designed as a “generic” decal for everyone… Thanks, Bob

      1. Hi, Bob. Thanks for answering me. So I’m assuming that there won’t be a DODDS Brat pin in the works? I’m disappointed, a generic pin doesn’t seem to have the same impact for those of us who served all of the Brats who were educated by dedicated teachers who served (and still are serving) our military dependents! Thanks again.

  65. I just put my BratPin on my car. It is beautiful! I’m an Army Brat, Dad having served for 27 years! The Brat Pack rules!

  66. I just put my BratPin on my car. It is beautiful! I’m an Army Brat, Dad having served for 27 years!

  67. I was born at Ft. Jackson, SC in 1949 and grew up on or near army bases. my dad was an officer, and that enabled us to go to,the officer’s club pools and restaurants. My father also bunked with Father Emil Kapaun, who was just beatified because he gave his life to protect captured troops during the Korean War. Read “A Shepard in Combat Boots” to see a true hero without a gun in action. The best thing about being an Army brat is that I value our nation’s military more than most and hope that other Americans do the same.

    1. Great post, Jack!
      Father Kapaun’s story is amazing and his devotion and courage to his men is inspiring.
      So proud that dad’s name is mentioned in the biography of this very special military chaplain.
      I often think about what our father faced and hard it must have been for him to leave his wife and 3 small children to serve our country. We sure missed him and our mom was so very strong to go back to work while dad was in Korea to help make ends meet.

  68. Bob, you have done a superb job of sweetly summing up and honoring the universal bond and essential role of Children of Military Service Members. I love the symbolism of the dandelion. I always taught my kids to make a wish as they blew the dandelion seeds away. Imagine so many wishes for these wonderful children and adults, past, present, and future.
    I also liked reading about one origin of “BRAT”, according to previous contributor Nancy Burton: “British Regiment Attached Traveler aka BRATS.”
    Personally I have always liked thinking of the Russian meaning of the word (roughly) pronounced “brat”, which is “brother.” Brotherhood/Sisterhood! Thank you for the pin. I see it every day!

  69. I am an Air Force Brat!! And very proud being one!! My father Col. James E. Kelm and my mother Connie (which has just recently passed), and with us 5 kids – had the best life living and traveling all over the world!! My father got shot down in Vietnam and was rescued. My brother went into being a Navy Seal!! From living in Okinawa, going to HS in Italy and college in Munich, Germany- our Reunions are in NOLA every 2 years from all years!! From seeing old friend and meeting new Brats it’s been so much fun!!! I want to say …. Thank you to all the military parents for giving us miltary Brats such a wonderful life!! I can’t wait to get my Bratpin!!

  70. I too would love to see a gallery of all the designs that were tried and were/are submitted. I realize that some are very similar but they are the work of BRATS. We also need a larger on-line gallery of art work done by BRATS. One that will not disappear in a few years an occurrence that happens if only one person hosts the site.

  71. I just ordered 7 of the BRAT Pins. One is for me and one is for my brother. The rest will be tokens given to those I know are BRATs.

  72. I was the oldest of three children of an Air Force pilot father. Lost count of how many schools I attended and how many states I lived in growing up but did attend 5 schools in my 4 years of high school. I graduated in 1963 from a public school in Connecticut and never had any contact, knowingly, with any other military brats that I had known growing up. I was finally discovered on Classmates.com when I posted having gone to school at the Berlin American School in 1958-1960. I went to my first Berlin Brats reunion in 2009 in Scottsdale convinced that I would know no one since I wasn’t in the yearbook, having gone to a German Catholic boarding school when the pictures were taken at the American school. When I entered the hospitality suite for our decade, who did I see but a friend from a nearby town in California that I had known since the mid-70’s. Neither of us ever spoke about where we grew up or what our fathers did for a living. Turned out we missed each other by the summer of 1960 and we would have been in the same graduating class. She has since introduced me to another graduate of Berlin 1963 to whom I’m now engaged. His father was also a pilot at Tempelhof in Berlin. These pins would have opened a dialogue many years earlier, had they existed, and hopefully will for many more in the future. Thanks for thinking of us with such a memorable token to the BRATS.

  73. Bob,

    I got my Dogtag and Car Sticker today.

    I have been an Air Force Brat my entire life. My dad, Lt. Col. Norbert Hala, retired years (decades) ago. I have been on 9 PCS stations with him (Vance AFB, Wright-Patterson AFB, Travis AFB, Nellis AFB, Griffiss AFB, Carswell AFB, Minot AFB, Barksdale AFB and finally back to Wright-Patterson AFB). Thanks for what you do you. Last weekend, I wrote to my Ohio representatives and the Speaker urging them to act on HR 1889.

    I know you’re out of shirts in my size currently, but I was wondering if you could have some printed with the Bratpin logo large in the front and center on a shirt. I always take part in the Air Force Marathon events here at Wright-Patterson in September and think such a shirt would be perfect for that venue.

    ’til later,

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