Featuring


KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, NARRATOR

Air Force Brat, former Army helicopter pilot, Rhodes Scholar, Golden Gloves boxer, Feeling Mortal, Closer To The Bone, This Old Road, The Highwaymen, Lone Star, A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, A Star is Born, and more.

Most people have a place they think of as home all their lives. But for some, home is not a place, it’s a state of mind.
— Kris Kristofferson, BRATS: Our Journey Home

GENERAL H. NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF

Army Brat, Former Commander Operations Desert Storm, co-founder with actor/philanthropist Paul Newman of the Camp Boggy Creek medical camp for children with serious illnesses, and author of It Doesn't Take a Hero. Rest in peace, General. 

When he left home to go over to Iran, he very ceremoniously presented me the West Point sword and… to a small boy, when your father hands you the sword and says you’re now the man of the house, take care of your mother and sisters, you take that very seriously. I took it very seriously.
— General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, BRATS: Our Journey Home

THE "EXPERTS"

MARY EDWARDS WERTSCH

Army Brat Mary Edwards Wertsch is the author of Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress, the 1991 ground-breaking book about growing up military, and how it continues to affect military children well into adulthood. A journalist and independent publisher, Ms. Wertsch was one of the first to identify the Military Brat Subculture as a separate and distinct culture as valid and powerful as any other on earth. Her book helped BRATS: Our Journey Home filmmaker Donna Musil and thousands of others understand "why they are the way they are" and connect with their cultural identity.

And I mean, if a child fails to get off his bike and just keeps on pedaling, even as Retreat is being audibly played, the child is reported not to his father, but to his father’s commanding officer.
— Mary Edwards Wertsch, BRATS: Our Journey Home

STEPHANIE DONALDSON-PRESSMAN, M.S.W.

Ms. Pressman is a psychotherapist, trainer, consultant, and internationally recognized author in the field of family therapy. She is also the principle author of  The Narcissistic Family: Diagnosis and Treatment, one of the bestselling psychiatric texts of all time, and co-author of The Learning Habit: A Groundbreaking Approach to Homework and Parenting that Helps Our Children Succeed in School and LifeThe Narcissistic Family explores the psychological effects of growing up in an environment where children's needs are constantly taking a back seat to other family needs, including the Military Mission.

With these families, it’s very hard in adulthood for the child to come to terms with what he or she grew up with. They can understand that they had to be sacrificed to some extent to further the greater good... Now, the other area is, how did this affect you as a human being?
— Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, BRATS: Our Journey Home

DR. MORTEN ENDER

Army Brat Dr. Morten Ender is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point, United States Military Academy. He is the author of Military Brats and Other Global Nomads: Growing Up in Organization Families and American Soldiers in Iraq: McSoldiers or Innovative Professionals? Dr. Ender has also taught at the the American College of Norway and posted fellowships at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and the Military Psychiatry Department at Walter Reed. His work has been featured on NPR, the BBC, The New York Times, and The International Herald Tribune.

The military is the only place in American society where black people and Hispanic people routinely boss around white people.
— Dr. Morten Ender, Professor of Sociology, West Point

DR. GEORGE JUNNE, JR.

I felt such relief. Finally, I can be myself for the first time in 30 something years…
— Dr. George Junne, on meeting up with old BRAT friends at a reunion

Army Brat Dr. George Junne, Jr. is a professor in Africana Studies at the University of Northern Colorado. He is also treasurer of the National Association for Ethnic Studies (NAES) and a former editor for the Western Social Science Association (WSSA) journal. Dr. Junne’s most recent publications are Blacks in the American West and Beyond--America, Canada, and Mexico: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography (2000) and The History of Blacks in Canada: A Selectively Annotated Bibliography (2003). For many summers, he was visiting professor of African American Literature and Film at Bogazici University in Istanbul, and for 26 years, Dr. Junne has spent the summers collecting fossils and acting as director of operations for paleontology field camps for the University of Michigan and Albion College.


THE "BRATS"

JOAN ADRIAN

is a retired electrologist and community theater actress who lives in Kentucky with her husband, a retired Colonel.
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VALERIE ANDERSON-STALLWORTH

is the CEO of Stallworth's Nonprofit Management Consulting in Florida and the former Director of Operation for Patient Programs and Services at the American Cancer Society.
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FREDRIC BROWN

is a National Sales Manager and a member of the Menominee Nation of Wisconsin.

MARC CURTIS

is a freelance cameraman, founder of the Military Brats Registry, and owner of China Wine Tours. He has seven children and currently lives in China.

HEATHER WILSON

is a corporate event marketing manager and Navy wife, three-time cancer survivor, and spokesperson for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

GARY GORDON

is a Vietnam Veteran and retired counselor from New Hampshire. He founded the organization, Schools Without Walls.

PETER GRAMMER

is a retired Master Sergeant and senior systems engineer/analyst, who recently moved from El Paso to Dallas. He is also featured in Regina Griffin's film, Brown Babies: The Mischlingskinder Story, about mixed race children in Germany after WWII. Peter was one of a dozen "brown babies" adopted by Mabel Grammer and her husband.

MICHELLE Y. GREEN

is a children’s book author from Maryland, who writes about "holes in history" - her term for parts of African-American history and culture that aren't well known, including A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson and her Willie Pearl series, stories about a young girl in the Depression, based on her mother's childhood. Michelle is also an adjunct literature professor at Prince George's Community College and has two sons.

CINDY GREENWOOD

is a kidney transplant survivor who teaches kindergarten in a low-income elementary school in Austin, Texas. She has a daughter, Sarah, with a fellow military brat she met in Puerto Rico.

DEBORAH HOLLIS

is an Associate Professor/Associate Faculty Director at the University of Colorado Boulder Library in the Special Collections and Rare Books Department.

LAIRD KNIGHT

is founder of Grannygear, the creator of the 24-hour mountain bike team relay race, and an inductee into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. He lives in West Virginia with his wife and three children they adopted from Ethiopia, where Laird lived as a child with his military family.

MARGOT KNIGHT

is the Executive Director of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program near San Francisco, after serving as the President and CEO of United Arts of Central Florida for over a decade. She lives at Djerassi with her husband, and has one son.

WILLIAM MCLUSKIE

is a software design consultant in North Carolina with companies including Microsoft, Acrowire, and inVentiv Health. He is also the Chief Instructor at Water Oak Aikikai and has been practicing Aikido for over 20 years and has the rank of Go Dan (5th degree Black Belt).

HUDSON "BILL" PHILLIPS

is a retired minister, youth counselor, and the author of The Oyster-Stuffed Locker, a collection of poetry. As a military child, he was evacuated from the Panama Canal Zone at the outbreak of WWII and attended high school in Heidelberg, Germany, during the post-war occupation. He and his wife live in Texas.

OLGA RAMOS

is the Executive Director of the Latin America Compliance division at JP Morgan Chase in Miami. Daughter of Air Force Brigadier General Antonio Ramos of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Olga graduated from the University of Alabama and received an MBA from the University of Miami.

CATHERINE HOWARD REED

is a Disaster Program Specialist with the American Red Cross of Mid-Florida. She lived on multiple continents as a child, from the Middle East to Asia to Europe to the United States.

DANIEL ROCKHOLT

is a photographer, urban planner, and Naval Reserve Intelligence Officer, who served in the Iraq War. He lives with his family in California.

HOLLY TOLAND

is an art collector, real estate manager, and outdoorswoman from Austin, Texas. Her father was an Air Attache in the early 60s and the family lived in Vietnam until they were forced to evacuate when the fighting heated up.