Military-Brats Registry Celebrates 5 Years Online
World's largest "Military Brat" database a dot-com survivor
For Immediate Release
April 24, 2002; Redlands, CA
Redlands, California, April 24, 2002.
Five years ago, Marc Curtis, himself a military brat, launched the "Military-Brats Registry" ( http://www.military-brats.com ) to provide a vehicle for others to find their long-lost friends. The Registry, as it has come to be known among brats, is now celebrating its fifth year online. Steady growth with a strong sense of customer service has allowed this web site to build a very loyal following.
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 Kenitra, Morocco where you knew them," Curtis notes.
Military Brats are invited to register at http://www.military-brats.com.
Website services for www.military-brats.com are made possible by PrimeDNA of Riverside, California.
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EDITORS NOTE: To get a local angle on this story, go to http://www.military-brats.com/search.cfm and enter your city and state into the search form. This will provide a list of Military 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://military-brats.com/kudos.cfm.
Fifth Anniversary Congratulatory Messages are available here.
©2002 Marc Curtis. Reproduction and distribution for use in publicizing the Military-Brats Registry is granted. All other rights reserved.