Springfield, IL…. This week the House recognized military brats all over the state. House Resolution 799, sponsored by State Representative Margo McDermed (R-Mokena), designates April 30, 2016 as Military Brat Day in Illinois. The term “military brat” describes the child of a parent or parents serving full-time in the United States Armed Forces. There are currently around 15 million former and current military brats in the US.
“We often recognize the sacrifices made by our military, but rarely do we single out the hardships faced by their families,” Rep McDermed said. “These kids often have tumultuous and unpredictable childhoods, they deserve our thanks and respect as well.”
The military brat motto is “children of the world, blown to all corners of the world, we bloom anywhere!” The resolution acknowledges the difficulty of being a child of the military, a life they did not volunteer for, often moving at the will of the armed forces or going months without seeing a parent. It also praises the strength and adaptability of military brats. There is a nationwide effort underway to get April 30th nationally recognized as Military Brat Day.