The Fort Bragg Main exchange stores hosted the very first Military Brat Patch event on April 7th. The event was held to honor our smallest nation’s heroes, military children, by giving them free “military brat” patches.
“They travel. They go to different schools ... they have to recreate themselves ... we are celebrating military children because they serve too,” Thelma Burt, sales and merchandise manager at Fort Bragg South Post Exchange, said.
April is the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community. It is a time to applaud military Families and their children for the daily sacrifices they make and the challenges they overcome.
“I am Resilient, I am Resolute, I am Relentless and I am a military child,” was the event slogan.
“When you have to go to a new school, you have to be courageous, get new friends and integrate yourself into a new community. That is why children are resilient,” said Burt.
Children deal with some of the same obstacles their parents who serve have to deal with. According to the Washington Post, young children can exhibit the same anxiety, depression, stress and aggression that some older children and adults experience. After living with multiple deployments, long separations and often tense and awkward reunions with parents returning from war, particularly when the parent has been physically or mentally traumatized can be triggering, emotionally for children.
“I think it is a nice gesture to give military children patches. Just to show them they are important as well,” Christy Flatcher, a military spouse said.
Celebrations continue all month long. with in-store Family-friendly events.
On April 18, participating Exchange restaurants will “Purple Up for Military Kids,” offering a free side item, fountain drink or dessert for kids wearing purple.
Children received a patch, button and a coupon.
For more information on the Military Brat Patch and upcoming events visit: www.facebook.com/shopmyexchange/