Many children today have fathers that are currently serving here in America or in locations around the world.
You may never have heard of the term “military brat.” If you never knew a family member who was part of the military, you would have every reason not to know.
“Brat” does not refer to disrespectful or rude children, as you might expect, but simply refers to the child of a parent who is serving full-time in the US Armed Forces.1
Many do not realize what a different life these families live compared with the average American family.
These families are characterized by moving around a lot relative to the soldier's assignments, sometimes outside of the U.S. The children of military parents are usually marked by many positive characteristics when they grow up, such as a good work ethic and patriotism.
No one knows for sure how many families there are like this, but the Department of Defense estimates there are about 15 million Americans who are or were military brats. This type of “sub-culture” has been around since the founding of America.
As hard as it is for both the parents and the children, it seems like they don't regret their way of life. In fact, they are quite proud. They deserve recognition for their willingness to live this kind of life, especially the parents.
Father's Day honors all fathers, everywhere. We would like to also specifically honor those military fathers of the past who left their wives and children to fight for the nation. They are the veterans of today.
The Aid & Attendance benefit pays of fixed pension amount for surviving spouses of military veterans, because of the sacrifices they had to endure on the home front while their husbands were serving during wartime. Find out more about this pension here.
We also want to recognize the fathers of today who are giving their all in the service of our country. They continue to serve even though they know it will be hard for them and their families. They are today's heroes.
Collected are some memories that families have shared of growing up in a military family. We encourage you to check them out. They truly are touching stories of love, sacrifice, and family togetherness:
Happy Father's Day from Veteran Support Center.