For Immediate Release


Besa Pinchotti

Operation Purple Camp Application Period Now Open

March 7, 2016

Military Kids Coping With Deployments and Parents’ Injuries Get a Week of Healing With their Peers

WHO – The National Military Family Association, a nonprofit that strengthens and protects military families, with support from the Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.

WHAT – Applications open for 2016 season of Operation Purple® Camp - - a free week of camp for military kids with a wounded, ill, or injured parent or a parent who has been deployed in the last 15 months.

WHERE – 31 weeks of camp at 25 locations all across the country Click here for locations

WHEN – June 5, 2016 - August 26, 2016. 

WHY– When a military member serves, their families serve with them. Operation Purple gives military kids a week to put the stresses of military life behind and just be a kid. The unforgettable experience teaches resiliency and coping skills, and offers an opportunity for them to bond with other kids going through the same experiences.  Operation Purple has served more than 55,000 kids since 2004.


From the National Military Family Association:

“The partnership with Wounded Warrior Project has helped us meet the diverse needs of more military kids through our camps,”said NMFA Executive Director, Joyce Wessel Raezer.  “Last year, for the first time, nearly half of our campers came from families of the wounded.  These campers, just like children who are dealing with a parent’s deployment, deserve the support our Operation Purple camps provide. We are proud the youngest members of our nation’s military families can find friendships, fun, and strength through their Operation Purple camp experience.”

From the Wounded Warrior Project:

“Our children are the future, and they deserve the chance to enjoy their childhood to the fullest. Only by ensuring that they are as well-adjusted as this generation of wounded veterans, can we secure that future. That’s what this is about for us at Wounded Warrior Project,” said Ned Breslin, executive vice president of Partnerships & Programmatic Investments at WWP. “Wewill continue to invest in partners like the National Military Family Association to develop the critical support infrastructure that willempower our Alumni, their families, and their children. We’re very grateful for NMFA’s dedication to this nation’s injured veterans and their families, and we truly hope that these kids have an amazing week at camp.”

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

About Wounded Warrior Project

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit

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