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Fairfield - Travis AFB - Vacaville
Solano County, California - USA

This page updated:
June 21, 2011

                  Military Brats

                        I am a Military Brat

My hometown is nowhere, my friends are everywhere.
I grew up with the knowledge that home is where the heart is
and the family...

Mobility is my way of life.
Some would wonder about roots, yet they are as deep and strong
as the mighty oak. I sink them quickly, absorbing all an area offers
and hopefully, giving enrichment in return.

Travel has taught me to be open.
Shaking hands with the universe, I find brotherhood in all men.
Farewells are never easy.
Yet, even in sorrow comes strength and ability to face tomorrow
with anticipation...if when we leave one place,
I feel that half my world is left behind. I also know that
the other half is waiting to be met.

Friendships are formed in hours and kept for decades.
I will never grow up with someone, but I will mature with many.
Be it inevitable that paths part, there is constant hope
that they will meet again.

Love of country, respect and pride
fill my being when Old Glory passes in review.
When I stand to honor that flag, so also do I stand in honor of all
soldiers, and most especially, to the parents whose life created mine
Because of this, I have shared in the rich heritage of Military life.

Author Unknown

Dependents of the Military are often referred to as Military Brats.  As the high school

for residents of Travis AFB and nearby homes many students at Vanden were members

of a Military family.   Parents of Vanden students have served in all five branches of the

Armed Forces.   Growing up in a Military family is a unique life and culture.  To learn

more about Military Brats please visit this web page:   Military Brats Are a Special Breed




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