Thursday, December 09, 2010

“BRATS: Our Journey Home” — TV Premiere

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--One of the toughest jobs in the armed forces is to grow up military or a “Brat.” The award-winning festival favorite, “BRATS: Our Journey Home,” is a documentary that explores the social and psychological impacts of growing up in a military family. There are over 1.5 million “Brats” in the U.S., whose parent(s) currently serve in the military. An estimated 15 million Americans are adult “Brats.”

“I want this documentary to give families the opportunity to talk about their feelings and share their experiences, and help their children grow positively in a military family environment, even if part of that family experience is traumatic”

The trauma these children experience has become a growing concern for many U.S. families and healthcare workers as the current war turns almost a decade old. Filmmaker and fellow Brat, Donna Musil wants to bring this problem to the forefront. As a child who lost her own father to the Vietnam War, Musil knows too well the pain and conflict that come from constant moving, no family roots, losing a parent and finally, leaving the military life with no closure. “I want this documentary to give families the opportunity to talk about their feelings and share their experiences, and help their children grow positively in a military family environment, even if part of that family experience is traumatic,” stated Musil.

Musil started a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit group, Brats Without Borders, in 1999 to help create a sounding board and to educate the public about the sacrifices military children make. “B.R.A.T.” is a time-honored, historical reference to military children based on the acronym “British Regimental Attached Traveler.” This select group of Americans makes up over five percent of the population in the U.S. Many of these adult Brats have experienced high numbers of divorce, drug and alcohol abuse. Almost all have felt alone with their issues, never knowing that others have had similar experiences.

“BRATS: Our Journey Home” is a two-hour documentary narrated by Kris Kristofferson, and featuring General Norman Schwarzkopf, both military Brats. Discovery’s Military Channel will be airing this informative documentary during the month of December, with the North American television premiere on Friday, December 10, 2010, at 9 p.m. EST. For more details about the film go to www.bratsfilm.com.

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