Military Kids Head to Camp

July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 7:36 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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July 16, 2013 Updated Jul 16, 2013 at 7:36 AM EDT

Angola, N.Y. (WKBW) - Imagine if one or both of your parents were sent away for weeks, even months a time. That is reality for all the children at Camp Pioneer in Angola.

"Its hard to deal with it because one of you parents is away. It's scary because you don't know if they will come back," Camper Brandon Snyder said.

Brandon Snyder, 13, has had both his parents deployed through the years. Now, he and his sister Avery are involved with Operation Purple Camp for military kids.

"These kids have family members, parents who is deployed, recently deployed or going to be deploy," Director of Pioneer Camp Alex Knoles said.

Avery Snyder says camp helps her in more ways than one.

"I make a lot of friends and the people in my cabin are really funny. They laugh a lot," Avery Snyder said.

During the day, the kids have arts and crafts time, play games and swim, along with other fun activities. There is also a serious side to camp, a side Military Chaplin Joel Terragnoli said makes this camp special.

"They can identify with each other with any emotions they are having. We can help them with any acted out behavior," Terragnoli said.

They said another great part of the program is that it is free military families.

"It's kind of good having kids know what you are going through when you come to this camp," Snyder said.

When they leave, they said they have friends for life. They said these friends are special people who understand the ins and outs of military families.

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