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Operation Purple Family Retreats for War Veterans

We know there are veterans in Alameda and soon returning to Alameda. Sadly, these retreats are far away from Alameda, but it’s the best info we have at this time. This information comes to us from The Soldiers Project.

Operation Purple Family Retreats are free, four day retreats created to help families reconnect after deployment. This unique experience is designed to bring families together for four days in a national park setting. With an emphasis on environmental education, military families will participate in fun, family-focused activities that will allow them to strengthen and renew relationships while exploring their natural surroundings.

Operation Purple Family Retreat participants will be paired with highly specialized field science educators who will guide families through various activities such as nature hikes, canoeing, campfires, beach exploration, arts and crafts, and challenge activities. Families will have opportunities to communicate, work as a team, and to reconnect while exploring and learning about the environment.

In addition, FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress), a resiliency-building program designed for military families and children facing the challenges of multiple deployments by a team from UCLA and Harvard Medical School, will provide structured activities which highlight areas of strength and resilience in the family and promote family growth. Families will work together to strengthen their relationship through problem solving, goal setting, and communication activities.

Dates and Locations

    October 9-11, 2009 Olympic Park Institute, Port Angeles, Washington (Deployment return dates: July 2008 – July 2009)
    October 23-26, 2009 Poconos Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry, PA (Deployment return dates: July 2008 – July 2009)
    November 6-9, 2009 Silver Bay YMCA of the Adirondacks, Silver Bay, NY (Deployment return dates: August 2008 – August 2009)
    December 18-21, 2009 YMCA of Honolulu Camp H. R. Erdman, Honolulu, HI (Deployment return dates: September 2008 – September 2009)

Eligibility Requirements
These retreats are available to service members and their families who have returned from deployment within the last 15 months. Service members must have been home for at least 3 months prior to the beginning of the retreat. Service members from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard—active duty and National Guard or Reserve—as well as families of the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are eligible to apply

Once you have completed the online application you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive this email please contact operationpurple (at) militaryfamily dot org immediately. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status via email.

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