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Military Families and Veterans Initiative

Partners: NMFA's Operation Purple

Operation Purple
National Military Family Operation
Operation Purple® camps offer a free week of summer fun for military kids with parents who have been, are currently, or will be deployed. This year, 100 weeks of camps will be held at 62 locations in 37 states and territories. Campers from all service branches will gather together to experience a memorable week of fun and adventure with a focus on learning coping skills to better deal with a parent's deployment.

"Together with the Sierra Club we can make a difference in the lives of our Nation's youngest heroes," said Mary Scott, Chairman of the NMFA Board of Governors. "Drawing on the healing and connecting experiences of the outdoors, Operation Purple Camps empower military children and provide a much needed respite from worries about their deployed parent."

Check out this interview with former Sierra Club Chairman Carl Pope on the importance of outdoor experiences for military children.

More videos:
>> Watch remarks from Candace Wheeler, NMFA Board of Governors
>> Watch remarks from Major General Michael Sumrall, Assistant to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff for National Guard Matters

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