“Purple Up! For Military Kids” is a day to wear purple to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices. Purple indicates that all branches of the military are supported; Air Force blue, Army green, Navy blue, Marine red, and Coast Guard blue all thought to combine together as a single color, purple. Here at CVN and at our Cohen Clinics nationwide, we wore purple and celebrated “Purple Up!” on April 10 as a visible way to show support.
The “Purple Up” movement takes place on various days throughout the month of April, which is designated Month of the Military Child. This month, and year-round, we recognize the resiliency of military children while also providing support and resources through our website and on site at our Cohen Clinics to help them deal with the challenges of transition, frequent moves, and parental deployments.
Since our inception in April 2016, we have provided high-quality, military and veteran-focused mental health care services for more than 10,000 individuals, including children. Through our Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics across the country, CVN is keeping its promise to save lives, save families, and save futures by providing therapy and much-needed resources to children nationwide.
“Military life can be a challenge for the entire family. Anxiety, depression, adjustment challenges and other behavioral issues that come with separations and frequent moves are just some of the struggles
children face,” said Dr. Anthony Hassan, President & CEO of CVN. “Our Cohen Clinics are designed with children in mind, as seen with our interactive play rooms and comfortable waiting areas for the entire family. We provide mental health care to children of veterans and active-duty parents.”
In addition to participating in “Purple Up!” CVN will share helpful resources and facts that include insight on how the network cares for military children. CVN and its Cohen Clinics, will also participate in a series of activities focused on the military child, including community egg hunts, coloring activities, educational book and game drives, and even a special movie night inside one of its clinics’ community rooms. Special purple stickers with the CVN seal will also be given to children who receive therapy at the Cohen Clinics.
However, the awareness isn’t just focused on the month of April. CVN and Cohen Clinic staff members will also share pledges on social media describing how they will support military children throughout 2019 and beyond. These pledges will include such things as dedicating a 5K run to military children, volunteering time to serve them at a community event, or even taking a pledge to mentor a military child.