Military Brats Find a Home on the Web
Online Military Brats Registry Reaches 40,000
For Immediate Release March 3, 2000
Redlands, California, March 3, 2000. Prior to the advent of the World Wide Web, military brats had no sense of home and little hope of tracking down their long-lost friends and classmates. Now 40,000 have found a home on the web and are connecting with people they had no hope of locating in the past.
Moving every few years and unable to attend class reunions at schools that have either been torn down or are half way around the world, the "Nowhere Kids" as military brats have come to be known, resigned themselves to the idea of not having a home or a past.
Two years ago, Marc Curtis, himself a military brat, launched the "Military-Brats Registry" ( http://www.militarybrat.com ) to provide a vehicle for others to find their long-lost friends. The Registry, as it has come to be known among brats, recently reached 40,000 registrants out of an estimated 12 million brats.
Unacknowledged participants in the major events of the past half century, military brats moved frequently from one assignment to another, disrupting both their studies and friendships. Unlike even their parents, brats had little sense of home. Even worse, there was nowhere to go to find old friends and classmates until the Registry provided them with a virtual hometown.
The "Military-Brats Registry" sprang from Marc Curtis' 30-year search to find his friends from the fourth grade at Ft. Bliss in El Paso, Texas. After spending hundreds of dollars and countless hours online searching various Internet databases in vain, Marc finally decided to create a virtual "home" where military brats could connect with their childhood friends and classmates.
"The emails I receive on an almost daily basis from people who have connected with their friends through the registry are tremendously rewarding," said Curtis. "The stories often bring tears to my eyes and give me a real insight into what it is like not having a place you can call home."
"Unlike our civilian counterparts, there has never been a place we could go to look up old friends until now," said Curtis. The registry is free to all Military Brats from any of the armed services whether they lived on base or off base, stateside or overseas.
The "Military-Brats Registry" was born out of the frustrations of people like Curtis who grew up as military nomads and gypsies. "You just can't pick up a phone and call your hometown information service to track down old friends. They don't live in places like Mannheim, Germany or Goose Bay, Labrador where you knew them," Curtis notes.
As Army brat, Denise Thrasher notes, " 'Home' was where they told you, you had to go. 'Homebase' is where we stayed while our fathers served in far away places like Vietnam."
"The registration and search functions will always remain free." It's the least I can do for my "family," says Marc.
Military Brats are invited to register at http://www.militarybrat.com
The "Military-Brats Registry" is a founding member of the "Military Brat Network" which was formed to further bring the Military Brat community together by promoting resources available online and offline. The network publishes a quarterly newsletter, "On The Move." For more information visit http://www.militarybrat.net
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Website services for www.militarybrat.com are made possible by AAAWebhosting of Riverside, California. According to Lee Fuller, President of AAAWebhosting, "We are very pleased to provide this kind of service on the Web. It's good to see a positive use of resources available to people all over the world."
EDITORS NOTE: To get a local angle on this story, go to http://www.militarybrat.com/search.cfm and enter your city and state into the search form. This will provide a list of brats from your area who are registered with the "Military-Brats Registry". A sampling of reactions to the "Military-Brats Registry" can be found at http://militarybrat.com/kudos.cfm.
©2000 Marc Curtis. Reproduction and distribution for use in publicizing the Military-Brats Registry is granted. All other rights reserved.