Operation Purple Offers Free Summer Camps to Military Kids

2 Jun 2004 | -

A major American corporation and a military-related
nonprofit organization are partnering to send military kids to camp this

The National Military Family Association and Sears, Roebuck and Co. are working
together to make Operation Purple possible.

Operation Purple gives military children in 11 states and the U.S. territory of
Guam a chance to attend summer camp. In most cases, preference is given to
those children with a deployed or recently redeployed parent.

The program "allows children from all branches to interact with and learn from
each other in an effort to help deal with deployment-related stress," according
to the National Military Family Association Web site.

Operation Purple camps are in Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Montana, North
Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington state, as
well as Guam.

Many of the camps are further sponsored or held on military bases. Age
requirements, number of openings and dates of the camps vary by location.

For more specific information on the camps and for application instructions,
visit the program's Web site.

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