2012 Operation Purple Family Retreats


Thank you for your interest in the 2012 Operation Purple Family Retreats. The National Military Family Association created these retreats in an effort to help military families reconnect and strengthen their relationship after deployments. The Operation Purple Family Retreats are FREE to those accepted to attend. Transportation costs are NOT included.  However, families who attend a retreat will be provided with a $200 Visa gift card at the completion of the Retreat to offset the cost of travel.

This application MUST be completed in full in order for our selection committee to review your eligibility to attend.

Operation Purple Family Retreats are open to ALL families from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Air Force, both active duty and reserve component, as well as families of the Commissioned Corps of the US Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Families are eligible where the service member has previously been deployed and has returned from deployment within three to fifteen months of the beginning of each retreat. 

Question - Required - Please select the retreat you are applying to attend.

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Application Information

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Upon acceptance, all families will be asked to complete registration and release forms required by the host organization.  These forms must be returned for your family’s registration to be considered complete.  Failure to complete and return required forms by the deadline may result in the loss of your family’s space at the Operation Purple Family Retreat.  Please note that some locations’ terrain or activity levels may make it difficult to accommodate certain special needs. We encourage you to contact the camp site if there are any questions.


Emergency Contact

Please provide contact information for an adult that can be reached in case an emergency situation arises. 








Demographic Information and General Application Questions






*42. Where was the service member deployed?
(Select one of the available choices or enter a different value.)



*45. How did you hear about Operation Purple Family Retreats?
(Select one of the available choices or enter a different value.)



(Maximum response 255 chars, approx. 5 rows of text)



Question - Required - Which of the following skills are most important to you to spend time on during the retreat? You may select more than one.




Optional Information

In order to develop future camps that better meet the needs of all military families and to reach out to more families that could benefit from programs like Operation Purple Family Retreats, the National Military Family Association would appreciate your response to the following questions. The information provided below is optional and will not be considered when reviewing applications.



Question - Not Required - What is the service member's race: (Check all that apply)


Information Disclosure Agreement

Because the National Military Family Association is a nonprofit corporation, the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552c) is not applicable. However, the Association wants participants to be fully aware of and acknowledge the need for and use of the information provided.

I, the applicant voluntarily provide required information with this application for Operation Purple Family Retreats. To this end, I fully understand that:

a. Participation in the Operation Purple program is voluntary
b. The requested information is needed for participation
c. The principal purposes of the requested information are to:

i. Verify the identity of the applicants 
ii. Determine eligibility for the camp program 
iii. Gather information about families and deployment to be used to enhance the Operation Purple program and possibly create additional programs to meet the needs of military families





I understand that:

  • Completing this application does not guarantee acceptance to an Operation Purple Family Retreat
  • If my family is selected, I must complete and return by the retreat deadline ALL required forms for the retreat site my family is attending in order to retain my family’s spot at the retreat. An incomplete packet by the required retreat deadline will forfeit my family’s acceptance status.
  • The National Military Family Association has the unlimited right to post my name as a participant in this program and use any answers to the questions on the effects of deployment in their entirety or in part for future promotional purposes.
  • Communication efforts for selected families are primarily through email and at times through phone. It is imperative that the primary contact listed above has regular e-mail access and provides a current phone number that will remain active through the completion of the retreat.
  • The Operation Purple Family Retreats are held in a National Park setting where nature and science can be explored first-hand. Activities will include field science education outings which will require a certain amount of hiking and /or walking.



Waiver and Consent Forms

Click each form to download the PDF version:

1. Family Retreat Consent Waiver
2. Photo, Video and Audio Consent and Release Form
3. Permission to Work with Behavioral Health Counselor





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