Starting in 2011, Overseas Brats (OSB) the organization, thought we would incorporate an annual gift-giving project into our annual Gathering each October. It has been met with much support from our Brat community. We are truly moved by your embracement to help others! We are BRATS after all!
In 2011, so many of our fellow Brats who attended school in Japan were extremely moved and devastated by the triple tragedy that impacted their former host country Japan. Many "active duty Brat seniors" still attending school in Japan... had to relocate stateside so they could complete their school year and graduate on time with their peers. We made the American Red Cross in Japan/via our Gathering site's city sister program our Brat Cause recipient this year and raised $2,276.00.
In 2012, we learned of the efforts of Dr. Rick Connell's Ta Touck English School, a village school in Siem Reap, Cambodia. (Rick is a Heidelberg Class of '75 Brat). This particular year we raised $2,526 for the children's school supplies, rain slickers and bicycles with allowed children in remote areas to attend "a" school.
In 2013, we saw our dear friend and visionary, Dr. Tom Drysdale, the founder of the American Overseas School Historical Society (AOSHS), pass away. In Tom's memory we established a Scholarship Fund with AOSHS to be awarded to "active duty Brats." $3,935 was raised.
In 2014, we adopted the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) as our "Brat Cause." MAMF celebrates over two centuries of our military family’s contributions -as the family served with the solider! Although the Museum (headquartered in Albuquerque, NM) is currently an online museum, the organization has been gifted seven historic military housing units from the early 1940s and is in the process of fundraising to rehab them. With the help of donations like ours, (we raised $2,247) MAMF will not only be an online presence but have a permanent physical location for all to view, enjoy and learn from.
In 2015, our Brat Cause was "Brat Pack 11" which was run by then-17-year-old Brat Kenzie Hall. An active duty Brat, Kenzie was awarded the Army's Military Child of the Year. At just 11 yrs old when her father was deployed to Afghanistan Kenzie started a charity called "Brat Pack 11." BP11 (for short) grants wishes to military kids of wounded and fallen soldiers. With "Brat Pack 11" being a budding charity – which has granted a "few" dreams for young Brats – we wanted to help this Brat teen, grant a few more wishes. Kenzie earned a spot at the distinguished “Teens Can Make it Happen Conference” early in the year. We raised $3,156 for this cause, this year, as of the recent October 2015 Gathering.
***** Announcing Brat Cause for 2017 *****
Honor Flight is a non-profit network of organizations dedicated to transporting as many U.S. Veterans as possible to see the memorials of their respective war(s) in Washington, DC.
After the WWII Memorial was completed in 2004, Ed Morse, a physician asst and retired AF Captain in Springfield, OH realized a lot of his patients would “never” see their Memorial. So in 2005, with six small planes flying out of Springfield he took 12 WWII vets on a visit to their Memorial. After seeing them break down and cry… he pitched his idea to a local aero club of 300 private pilots at a local Air Force base. The proposal was that the pilots would pay for the flights for the veterans to Washington and personally escort them around the city. By the following year a board was formed, funds were raised and volunteers stepped forward. Due to the popularity of the program it went national and began using commercial flights. Enter Southwest Airlines. With the passing of our WWII vets organizers are now transitioning their focus to veterans of the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Veterans are escorted by “volunteer guardians” for the entire trip, start to finish. They must attend advance meetings, push their assigned vet in a wheel chair and pay their own way. It is our hope with this year’s cause to sponsor 4 Guardians from various different departure points in the U.S. (Costs vary from $400 to $900 per Guardian based on their flight cost, meals and possible overnight expenditures).
LET’S HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR 4 VETERANS IN AMERICA, WILLING AND ABLE OF GETTING ON A PLANE, VISIT ‘THEIR’ MEMORIAL.
Please send your donation to:
PO Box 47112
Wichita, KS 67201
(specifically earmarked for “Honor Flight – Brat Cause 2017”)
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THANK YOU so much for your generous support.
Joe Condrill - President OSB
Jeri Glass - Vice President OSB
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