Teenager redefines 'Military Brat' through business

Brat Stamps: Brag about where kids have lived
Posted at 5:22 PM, Feb 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-20 17:22:33-05

At fifteen years old, a girl that now calls Tampa home is up for a national military innovation award through Operation Homefront. 

Maddie Shick, is proud to call herself a "Military Brat," but she's taken the phrase and turned it into a different meaning.

"I kind of changed the acronym, to brave, resilient, adventurous, traveler. Because that's what we are, we're brave and we're resilient," she said. 

Shick is the daughter of a major in the United States Army and has lived in nearly a dozen different states because of her fathers military career.

"I have lived in California, Georgia three times, I've lived in Washington, Germany, Louisiana, Alaska and now Florida," she said. 

She's letting each state she's called home be apart of a story -- Brat Stamps.

Shick started a sticker stamp collection to begin documenting the various military bases she's lived. She then took the designs a step further and started making them for other military children across the world. 

The fifteen year old now has a website with dozens of different stamps that represent different bases and branches of the military for kids to purchase.

"They put them on their snow boards, water bottles," said Shick.

The purpose if for other kids to be proud of where they're going and to have something to brag about in each new state. 

Shick is now up for the Operation Homefront Military Innovation award presented by Booz Allen Hamilton. 

Each winner will receive $10,000 to use towards their innovations. 

Click here for more information about the the award from the nonprofit. 

Each stamp runs from $0.75 to $3.00.

You can learn more about the stamps on Shick's website



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