For Immediate Release

Contact: Bailey Bernius

Operation PurpleĀ® Camp Application Period Open for Military Children

March 19, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, VA March 19, 2012 — The National Military Family Association is now accepting applications for its popular Operation Purple Summer Camps. The Association developed this free summer camp program to support military children, ages 7-17, dealing with the stress of war. Each camp is "purple" and open to children of active duty, National Guard, or Reserve service members from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service and NOAA. Submit your application online.

In this ninth summer of the program, 1400 children will attend an Operation Purple camp at one of the 16 locations in 14 states:

Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, North Carolina, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, West Virginia

Camps are again free to military families.  Funds from the Association, contributions from each host camp, and foundation support make up for the lack of a national corporate sponsor. Programs that support military families dealing with the effects of 10 years at war are important now more than ever. We firmly believe in the need for this final year of Association-sponsored Operation Purple Summer Camp to support military kids.

Families with children who meet our deployment criteria and have never attended an Operation Purple camp have priority for acceptance because of the reduced number of openings. We want as many military children as possible to experience Operation Purple camp. Submit your application by midnight EDT April 19.

Information about the camp program, specific camp locations, ages, and dates is available on our website at

About the National Military Family Association

The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit

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