By Carla Olivo, USMC Spouse
Amazing Military Brats
We refer to them as “our littlest heroes” or “unsung heroes.” They are the part of the military family that did not get to “choose” this life and every April we celebrate them! Here’s why.
The Smallest of Patriots
Mil-kids can recite the Pledge of Allegiance often before they can read. When they hear the colors play, they stop, even if it’s in the middle of a soccer game and show their respect. They are the first to stand and place their hand over their heart and belt out our national anthem.
These military brats know what it means in their heart to honor something bigger than themselves.
We often hear that military kids move many more times than their civilian counterparts. New schools, new neighborhoods, new sports teams, new scouts, mil-kids embrace the new with every PCS. It is never easy, but somehow, they find a way to bloom where they are planted so to speak by making new friends and acclimating far better than many adults.
Whether they move across the country or the world, amazing military kids often learn two or three languages in their travels. They are comfortable being immersed in different cultures and they take a bit of every duty station with them when it’s time to move on.
We often say that mil-spouses and mil-kids “serve” too. And they do, just in different ways from their active duty family member. Anyone who thinks they don’t sacrifice and serve has never been close to a deployment. Saying goodbye to a parent, whether it’s a two-year-old who doesn’t really understand or a teenager who understands way too much, it is never easy. But the grace and courage these military brats show over multiple deployments is nothing short of amazing.
One month just doesn’t seem like enough to honor our amazing military kids. The military life is not an easy one, but they survive and thrive doing it. Many go on to serve on active duty themselves. They are proud of their family’s service, and they carry with them the patriotism, adaptability, flexibility, and a unique sense of honor.
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Carla Olivo has garnered numerous TV industry awards including the Associated Press award for Spot News Reporting and Documentary Reporting. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, a retired USMC Lt. Colonel and their two children.