FAQs

Eligibility

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My family attended an Operation Purple Family Retreat in the past; can I apply again this year?

There is no limit to the number of times you can attend; however, first priority in selection of attendees is given to families who have never attended Operation Purple programs before.
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Are Retreats open to families with infants and toddlers?

There is no daycare provided for the one day retreats. But if families choose to bring infants and toddlers they are welcome to do so but the parents are responsible for them.
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Our service member is still away on deployment. Can we attend the Retreat without him/her?

No. The focus of the Retreat program is reconnection and reintegration following a deployment. For this reason, we encourage families to apply to attend a Retreat after the service member has returned. We recommend that families plan to attend a Retreat no sooner than three months after the end of a deployment.
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I'm retired, can my family still attend?

Yes, but only if your retirement date falls within 18 months or less from the date of the retreat.

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DO I HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING TO ATTEND AN OPERATION PURPLE FAMILY RETREAT?

There is a $50.00 Hold My Spot Deposit to secure your family’s space. This deposit is refundable unless you would like to donate it for future Operation Purple programs. Food is provided to families at no cost. There are no activity fees or other expenses. Families are responsible for their own transportation to and from the program.

Accessibility

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What should I bring to Operation Purple Family Retreats?

Accepted families will receive a suggested list of items that they should plan to pack.
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Is there medical staff available?

Medical staff are not provided at our retreats.
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Is transportation provided?

Transportation to and from the Operation Purple program site is the responsibility of the selected family.

What to Expect

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What types of activities are offered?

Each Operation Purple program site has a different focus and activities vary from site to site. Highly specialized field science educators will guide families through various activities such as nature hikes, canoeing, campfires, beach exploration, arts and crafts, and challenge activities. Most of your time will be spent outdoors (weather permitting) so families should come prepared to spend lots of time enjoying the scenery.
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What type of food can we expect?

Families will receive typical cookout food such as hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, chips, and all the fixings. Vegetarian options will also be provided. If you have specific dietary needs, please include this on your application.

Contact

National Military Family Association
2800 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 250
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.931.6632

info@MilitaryFamily.org

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