Operation Purple Healing Adventures

Rediscover Family Fun After an Injury

Operation Purple Healing Adventures (OPHA) celebrates a family’s “new normal” after an injury. This free three-day experience combines family-focused activities with outdoor exploration, like hiking and canoeing to encourage each family’s growth on their new journey post-injury. Healing Adventures ensure families return home stronger with better communication skills.

Who is eligible?

Families of an active duty, medically retired, or medically separated service member who was wounded or experienced emotional trauma or illness related to their service Post-9/11. Members of the National Guard and Reserve may be in either activated or drilling status, provided their injury was sustained while on active duty status.

What happens at Healing Adventures?

Families are encouraged to relax, unplug, and enjoy an assortment of activities while at OPHA. We partner with the American Red Cross to offer families—including kids—uniquely designed resiliency-building activities that promote connection and communication between family members. OPHA locations include awesome outdoor activities like canoeing, swimming, archery, sightseeing, and hiking!

Each camp is respectful and accommodating of limitations due to injury, and programming is adapted to allow every family member to participate!

We are a military family, not just my Husband. Our kids have dealt with multiple deployments, PCS moves, school changes & Daddy’s Illness. TBI, PTSD, several knee surgeries, and most recently a diagnoses of Multiple Sclerosis. Vacations are few and far between, a camp like this would be an amazing bonding experience for us to all enjoy & learn from together.


Army Spouse, OPHA attendee

Get a glimpse of an OPHA weekend

Find information about getting to camp, packing lists, program details and schedules in our sample welcome packet.

Find Out More About Our 2019 Healing Adventures

Applications will be available 6-8 weeks prior to each Healing Adventure.

Bainbridge Island, WA

11/08/19 – 11/10/19

Wounded Warrior Project - OPHA SponsorEmbark on a family adventure through a three-day, two-night retreat in a naturally diverse 250-acre outdoor campus located on Bainbridge Island (just across Puget Sound from Downtown Seattle) during Veteran’s Day Weekend! Families will stay in heated lodges and spend their days exploring Bainbridge Island with professional outdoor educators. Leave with memories and pictures of deer, majestic trees and treasured family time in the outdoors. Accepted families will receive a $500 travel stipend to help offset travel expenses upon the completion of the retreat. Please visit IslandWood’s website for program details.

Camp Contact:
Alex Insel


Deckers, CO

OPHA Sposnor - USAA08/09/19 – 08/11/19

YMCA Camp Shady Brook ensures that our participants have a positive outdoor experience that will enhance personal growth and the building of relationships. Let us do the work while you enjoy time with your family! Our qualified staff will provide your family an opportunity to spend time together, playing on our climbing wall and ropes course or taking aim on our target sports ranges. Other activities can include canoeing or fishing on our lake, s’mores, night hikes or learning about the local flora and fauna through our outdoor education courses. Where parents can be kids, kids can be friends and friends can be families.

Camp Contact:
Natalie Mizell


Trinity, TX

OPHA Sposnor - USAA03/29/19 – 03/31/19

Nestled among the tall pines on 530 acres along the shores of Lake Livingston, YMCA Camp Cullen is the perfect setting to unplug from technology and connect with the environment. Families will spend their nights in rustic cabins along the lake, enjoy delicious meals and participate in a wide variety of fun and exciting camp programs, from archery to outdoor education and more!

Camp Contact:
Alex Insel


Columbia, NC

06/14/19 – 06/17/19

Wounded Warrior Project - OPHA SponsorEastern 4-H Center is owned and operated by NC State University. The Center’s staff is dedicated to making sure every participant has a wonderful time. Traditional summer camp activities will include 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 help participants feel comfortable during their stay. We hope you will join us for a fun filled weekend.

Camp Contact:
Natalie Mizell



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