• Miss UWA encourages students to take part in Purple UP Day

    Posted: March 21, 2013

    Author: UWA student, Hannah Riley

    Miss University of West Alabama Tierra Robinson encourages everyone to wear purple on Monday, April 15 to recognize military children for their heroism, character, sacrifices and continued resilience as they support their deployed loved ones. 

    Miss UWA is using her platform Operation Military Kids (OMK), regionally known as Alabama Operation: Military Kids, to recognize military children especially during April which is the “Month of the Military Child.” OMK is the U.S. Army’s collaborative effort with America’s communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment. 

    “Regardless of whether families are experiencing deployment for the first time, the second time or another in a series of multiple deployments, OMK’s goal is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being.” said Rachel Simpson, OMK Coordinator and 4-H Military Liaison.

    Growing up in a military home, Miss UWA knows the importance of having support throughout the deployment process.
    Robinson said, “I grew up as an Army brat and dealt with many deployments for the majority of my life. I wish an organization like OMK was in operation when I was younger; the opportunities and support they offer could have helped me through the difficult times in my life. I was fortunate enough to live on military bases where other children were facing deployments—we supported each other. However, many military children don’t live on a base. They lack the support from military families—that is where OMK steps in.”

    The reason why purple was chosen as the color for Purple UP Day is because purple symbolizes all branches of the military as it is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue. 

    For more on Purple UP Day, contact Tierra Robinson or 334-695-6021.

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