November is Military Family Appreciation Month

Stephens Family - Dad tosses son in the airFifty years ago, a group of military spouses gathered around a kitchen table determined to make sure their widowed friends—whose spouses died in war—weren’t forgotten. They marched to the Capitol telling their stories and the National Military Family Association (NMFA) was born.

November is Military Family Appreciation Month—a time when America honors and recognizes those unique sacrifices and challenges family members make in support of their loved ones in uniform. No matter what rank or branch, or where life has taken them, our nation’s military families share the common threads of service and sacrifice.

NMFA celebrates military families each day through:

Since our founding, NMFA has influenced, drafted, and supported legislation that protects and cares for military families through every stage of military life.

Camps, Retreats, & Adventures
Our Operation Purple Program, includes camps for military kids, as well as Buddy Camps, Family Retreats, and Healing Adventures to serve and support the whole military family.

Military CoupleScholarships
Our Military Spouse Scholarship program empowers military spouses to pursue their academic goals and cover business costs like license transfer fees, recertifications, and entrepreneurial startup costs.

The challenges of today’s military family aren’t the same as they were in 1969, but our mission to strengthen and support every member of the family remains the driving force behind our work.

As long as military service members lace up their boots and fight for our freedom, NMFA will support the ones who stand behind the uniform.

Caring for military families is a privilege and a responsibility—one we commit to continuing into our next 50 years.

Together we’re stronger®.


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Operation Purple Camp

Eastern 4-H Center is owned and operated by NC State University. The Center's staff is dedicated to providing every camper an opportunity to feel accepted, valued, and cared about as a member of the summer camp community. Creating friendships and a sense of safety are as important to us as the activities we teach. Our vision is to establish an enjoyable and exciting summer camp program that contributes to the development of each camper's character, along with the development of important life skills. Our summer camp experience enables campers to learn these skills while doing a variety of traditional summer camp activities, such as kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, learning about nature, team challenge course, sports and games, arts and crafts, and archery. Eastern 4-H Center is also outfitted with modern recreational facilities and lodgings to make campers feel comfortable during their stay. We hope your camper will join us for a fun filled week.

Camp Dates

July 21 - 26


Camper Ages

8 - 13 years old

Camp Contact

Jennifer Standish

Camp Applications Open March 2