There are an estimated 2 million children coping with one or more parents deployed on active duty. These children and their families are susceptible to loneliness, depression, and withdrawal as they try and face this reality.
For years, the National Military Family Association has operated its famous Operation Purple® camps around the country as havens where children and families with deployed or recently returned parents can come together for a fun, healing week.
Since 2011 the American Humane Association, in collaboration with Pet Partners, has provided therapy dog teams at these camps to help the children cope, and this summer therapy dog teams brought some cheer to nearly 3,000 kids at 30 camps and retreats nationwide.
The American Psychological Association reports that an increasing number of military personnel and their families are struggling with issues resulting from deployment.
Watch this happy video of dogs helping these children of heroes on the next page! Nothing like videos that show humanity’s great side!