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About Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Special Operations Warrior Foundation ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical or trade school, as well as family and educational counseling, including in-home tutoring, to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations service members who lose their lives in the line of duty. The foundation also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded and hospitalized special operations service members. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is committed to providing scholarship grants – not loans – to over 1,100 children, who survive over 900 special operations service members who gave their lives in service to our country.

History of The Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Photo of Iran Hostage Rescue Team

Iran Hostage Rescue Team, 1980.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) began in 1980 after the daring attempt to rescue 53 American hostages in Iran, which ended in tragedy when a helicopter collided with a parked C-130. Eight souls were lost and they left behind 17 children.

A battlefield promise to take care of those 17 children has become the noble cause of Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical or trade school, as well as family and educational counseling, including in-home tutoring, to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations service members who lose their lives in the line of duty.

The foundation also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded and hospitalized special operations service members.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation is committed to providing scholarship grants, not loans, to over 1,100 children, who survive over 900 Special Operations service members who lost their lives in service to our country.