Being a Army Brat Changed My Life by Jake Depoe

by | Jan 29, 2022

Please join me in welcoming Jake Depoe as a new contributor to CFLAT! I learned about Jake from a FB group, “Brats, Our Journey Home” a Brat, always a Brat! I’m proud, also to be a Navy Brat! Joe & I are kindred spirits in more ways than one.

Written by Jake Brown…

As the son of a US Army soldier, I was born on a US Army post, in a US Army hospital, I lived on various US Army posts in the US and in Germany during my Dad’s 22 year US Army career…

It was attending nine different schools in my first twelve years of schooling, starting in Germany and ending in Tennessee that I saw things and visited places that most civilian kids only dream about…

I grew up with and lived among people of all races, colors and creeds, and experienced cultures other than just American culture, broadening my view of the world…

Learning in school classrooms beside children of all colors and religions, black, yellow, brown and white, Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, Hindu or agnostic, without racism or religious intolerance rearing their ugly heads, ever. It was there, when I learned to get along with others, to be adaptable, to be flexible and to fit in wherever we happened to live.

Being born and raised a US Army brat truly prepared me for life in so many ways, for which I am eternally thankful. After all these years, I still consider myself a brat, and if I had the the chance to go back and live life over?

I wouldn’t change a thing.

Growing up a US Army Brat truly enriched my life in so many ways…fellow brats, I think we all have a common story…we all were given a precious gift when we were born to US military parents…be always thankful…🙂

Jake Depoe

Steve & Judy Sparks CEO, Children and Families in Life After Trauma (CFLAT)

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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