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Operation Purple® Summer Camps Leave Military Kids Feeling Energized and Empowered

July 17, 2014

National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple Program Provides Free Week of Camp for Military Kids

The National Military Family Association, a nonprofit that works to strengthen and protect military families, has kicked off their annual summer camp season for military kids. The week-long camps are for children whose parents have been, are currently or will soon be deployed. Deployments are tough on kids, and these camps are designed to help.

"Military kids go through a lot, and sometimes feel like they’re going through it alone," said Executive Director, Joyce Raezer. "These camps allow them to put their worries aside and just be kids with their peers who've had many of the same experiences with deployments."

Operation Purple camps have already wrapped up in Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania where kids enjoyed hiking, water sports, and arts & crafts. Every camper leaves with cherished memories and hopes of coming back.

"I really liked Operation Purple! It was the best camp because I met new friends and we got to do hiking, archery, and canoeing," said one camper. "Both our Dads are deployed and we both miss them a lot."

This year, more than 1,200 children will attend camp in one of the following locations: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia. The National Military Family Association started its Operation Purple Camps more than 10 years ago and have served more than 52,000 military children.

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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