“My dad joined the Army in 2003. I’m 15 years old, so he’s been in as long as I can remember. I’m in my 12th school. Moving isn’t always easy, but I like to look at it as an adventure. There are so many things you can’t control as a military brat, but you can always determine your own attitude.
“When I had to come up with a school project, I decided to make stickers of different Army bases for military kids to show where they’d been. I wanted to turn all of the moves and new schools into something fun, and something kids could get excited about. At first, it was just a project, but the more and more I got asked about them, I decided to turn it into a business. Now, my ‘Brat Stamps’ is an online business and I’m proud to be an entrepreneur. I’m working on featuring more than just Army bases, too. It’s been a lot of work, but my mom has encouraged me so much. I’ve learned a lot about business and patience. Owning a business takes a lot of dedication and persistence.
“When I think about all of the amazing things we have been able to do because my dad is a soldier, I’m really proud. We lived in Germany and traveled all over Europe. We drove from Alaska to Florida. How many kids get to do that? Being able to have these adventures, and then, being able to showcase them with Brat Stamps has been really rewarding. I love seeing what kids and adults do with them. They put them on their water bottles, notebooks, computers and skateboards; it’s awesome!
“Being a military brat isn’t always easy. The deployments and goodbyes and moves are hard, but we are resilient. I like to think that Brat stands for Brave, Resilient, Adventurous, Traveler. Because we really are all of those things. And with Brat Stamps, we can proudly display it.”
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