A Place for the Kids of War

There are more than 115,000 Americans whose sacrifices in the war on terrorism are often forgotten: the children whose parents have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan. Those kids are gaining a voice--and a break--through Operation Purple, a privately funded program of 26 sleep-away camps in 22 states where art therapy, open discussion and old-fashioned summer fun ease the trauma of having a soldier parent deployed. Kuuipo Ordway, who oversees behavioral health at the camps--free for 8-to-18-year-olds who have a parent deployed--says they need outlets. "They're angry and scared," she says, but "proud of their parents."

A lasting benefit--especially for those who...

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