Military families often serve without asking for anything in return. But as needs arise, programs are required to address them. Based on what we have heard from you, we have created several programs of our own to sustain military families.

The military spouse scholarship program recognizes the importance of military spouse education and the difficulties that come with achieving higher education due to moves and expenses. Each year, hundreds of military spouses receive our scholarship to help them on the path to a successful career.

In the 2004 Operation Purple® pilot season, the National Military Family Association started with 12 camp locations serving close to 1,000 children. Since then the Operation Purple program has grown and expanded and by summer's end close to 45,000 military children and teens will have been served. The Operation Purple program also includes camps for teens, family retreats at the national parks, and camps geared to address the needs of children and families of our nations wounded service members.

Sometimes, the best thing we can do for military families is to celebrate them for being special! Our award programs allow us to highlight those special people that benefit military communities worldwide. Every year, we name one family as the Military Family of the Year and we recognize two Volunteers with an award for service to the Association. 

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