Strengthen Relationships and Build Memories

March 21, 2023

Episode 263

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National Military Family Association joins us to discuss their Operation Purple Programs, which offers camps and retreats for military kids and their families at locations around the country. Operation Purple gives military families a respite from daily life, strengthens participants' well-being, and supports communication and connection inside families and our broader military family community. NMFA recently launched a new Operation Purple opportunity just for teen Hidden Helpers.

"This program is powered in part by Wounded Warrior Project® to honor and empower post-9/11 injured service members, veterans, and their families”.

Show Notes:

National Military Family Association



Becca Garrison, Director of Military Family Programs:

Becca began her career as a classroom teacher and has spent the last thirteen years channeling her passion for transformational learning and growth into action for schools, nonprofits, and social impact startups across the country. She is honored to support the incredible NMFA program staff in developing, implementing, and delivering programming serving military children, spouses, and families. Becca is a proud daughter of a Marine, and gratefully celebrates the service of her brother and father (both USMC), her sister-in-law (Army), her cousin (Air Force) and every family member that has supported them in their service and many deployments and moves. Becca is consistently amazed at the courage, resourcefulness, and determination of military spouses, like her mother, Ann.


Natalie Mizell - Program Manager, Operation Purple Program

Natalie was born at Fort Meade Hospital to Air Force parents, so marrying a military man was inevitable and they have a daughter. Being a military kid, spouse, and parent, she understands and enjoys working with her military community.  Her education is in Business and Project Management and background includes finance, event planning, research, and customer support. This background is perfect for her position at NMFA to oversee logistics, locate and work with partners that fit our Operation Purple Family Programs for service members, veterans, and their family.  Natalie enjoys learning new things, helping others, and being a part of our Association because of our passion for military families.


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