Every 4th of July, people across the country (and overseas!) gather together to celebrate the freedom we all enjoy as Americans. There are barbecues and small town parades, fireworks and hot dogs. Many in the military community reflect upon their own service or the service of a family member and their commitment to upholding that freedom. To maintain that commitment, there are challenges and opportunities that every military family experiences. For some military kids, their entire lives were shaped by the years their parents spent in the service. Some will join the service themselves, while others will go on to different careers entirely, but carrying with them their unique perspectives.

We’ve compiled a list of 9 celebrities that grew up as military brats and the perspectives they share as a result of their upbringing.

Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley


Actresses, Television Personalities

Tia Mowry-Hardrict

“The one thing that I do remember, was just living on base. You can step outside of your home and see people who are serving your country. It just gave me great pride to be around such strength and courage.”

Tamera Mowry-Housley
“I think a lot of the times people, especially nowadays, have gotten complacent with our safety. […]We don’t realize that there are men and women dying every day just so we can stay safe. Whenever I go to bed, I know that there are people who aren’t sleeping to keep me safe.”

Source: Huffington Post

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