McIlvaine, FMWRC Public Affairs
National Military Family Associationís Operation Purple camp program
is accepting applications online at the Operation Purple Web site at http://www.operationpurple.org.
program aims to help military youth experience carefree fun while also
learning coping skills to deal with war-related stress, and fosters
relationships with others who know what they are going through because
they are experiencing it, too. Operation Purple camp also helps kids
to gain confidence and teaches them to be stewards of the community
and of the environment.
2008, military children ages 7 to 17 had a chance to stay at the free,
week-long, overnight camp at one of 62 locations in 37 states and
are free to all participants, thanks to support from the Sierra Club
and the Sierra Club Foundation. More than 20,000 kids have
participated in the program since its inception.
takes its toll not only on the troops who fight in the field, but also
on the families who wait and worry at home. More than 155,000 military
children have at least one parent who is deployed in the Global War on
Terror. That number doesnít include those experiencing routine, but
often lengthy, deployments and separations from loved ones through
military service. Many of these children have more than one parent or
family member deployed.
Operation Purple camp program, created in 2004, imparts the message on
these young heroes that "they serve, too."
military child can apply, but priority is given to those who have a
parent, guardian, or family household member deployed between
September 2008 and December 2009.
all spaces are not filled with campers who meet the deployment
criteria, the remaining camp slots are filled with any military child
from any service branch, the National Guard, Reserve, U.S. Public
Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.
more information about the program, visit the Web site. Personnel also
can sign up for an Operation Purple e-notice to get the dates, times
and locations for the camps.
information about the National Military Family Association, contact
the National Military Family Association at 703-931-6632 or via e-mail