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10 November 2011
One year ago today, we launched BRATCON Radio on the VoiceAmerica network. Even though we crested 19,000 listeners in September, regrettably, this will be our last broadcast, as we celebrate Veteran’s Day. Ashley Furniture Homestores provided our initial sponsorship which covered a portion of the network and related operating costs for the show and we will be eternally grateful for their support. As much as we endeavored to obtain other national advertisers, we did not gain any traction. The personal expense and capital I contributed to launch the broadcast and shore up the ongoing expenses is no longer feasible. To our loyal listeners (affectionately known as BRATHEADS), we hope we provided entertaining and informative guests, while honoring and recognizing the service of our sons and daughters of our Military, Diplomatic Corp and other government personnel that served here at home and around the globe.

If the landscape of advertising commitments should change in the future, we will be quick to re-ignite the show. In the meantime, our past shows will be available on our company website at www.bratcon.com, under the archives tab. I must give a great deal of credit to Associate Producer & Co-Host, Jeri Glass, who was instrumental in searching for, and vetting quality BRAT topics and guests as well as coordinating their appearance. She worked tirelessly to pull these shows together each week. Additionally, Cate Speer dedicated countless hours to maintain and update the website and deserves special recognition.

I am saddened by this reality and hope each of you will continue to proactively embrace your BRAT roots. It has been my honor to deliver the message each week for the past year. Please help us go out in style by tuning in this week to hear the story of a remarkable Military family. Mother, Father and Daughter; all three BRATS; Father and Daughter also served in the US Army and daughter was one of the few female combat helicopter pilots in Iraq. And what a story she has of a harrowing experience. This family has dedicated their life to the service of our country.


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Guest: Biff, Kathleen & Robin Messinger

Our celebration of Veteran’s Day. Our guests are all BRATS; Mother, Father & Daughter. Don’t miss this family story and a harrowing story involving the daughter.

A truly dedicated military family. Biff Messinger and his wife Kathleen are children of career military fathers. Biff is a retired Army Officer. Their daughter Robin, was a Army helicopter pilot and flew combat missions in 2003, near Fallugah, Iraq.

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Ta Touck Village School just outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia was started 6 years ago after Rick Connell, make that Dr. Rick Connell, Heidelberg '75, encouraged his father to return to Vietnam.

Rick, his father and brother went on that trip and then decided on a side-trip to Cambodia. Linked with an impressive tour guide, Rick asked the guide "if he could do anything - what would he really want to do?" The guide answered: the kids in my village have no school. I'd like to open a school for them.

Rick started forwarding small funds to the Guide and Ta Touck Village School was off and running.

In addition to being a classmate of Dennis' from Heidelberg Rick is the creator/producer of our BratCon music theme. Impressed with BratCon's outreach programs with active duty Brats, Rick asked Dennis to facilitate 501©3 status for the school and then to ultimately serve on its board. This led to Dennis and Jeri joining Rick and his two daughters on a trip to the school this past month.

The school is basically a compacted dirt floor - with 4 posts, a thatched roof, some textbooks, a white board, wooden benches and tables. Last year they acquired electricity. Pretty rudimentary by our standards but we were duly impressed with the education and English language the 60-100 village children are receiving. The school delivers "hope" through education for this entirely rural community.

Just looked at these smiling faces - eating American Hersey Bars for the 1st time!

Stay tuned for more information to come on this upstart school.

By: Jeri (Polansky) Glass '72

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