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Who is covered under the Special Operations Warrior Foundation program?

Any surviving child or children of a parent who loses his or her life in the line of duty while assigned to a U. S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) unit.

USSOCOM consists of nearly 70,000 Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Special Operations Forces, active and reserve. They are organized into a variety of land, sea and aerospace components, including:

ARMY – All soldiers assigned to a United States Army Special Operations Unit

Special Forces (Green Berets)
Rangers
Special Operations Aviators
Civil Affairs Soldiers
Military Information Support Operators
Sustainment Soldiers

NAVY – All Navy service members assigned to a United States Navy Special Operations Unit

Sea, Air, Land (SEALs)
Special Warfare Combatant Craft (SWCC) Crewmen
Technicians such as mobile communications teams, tactical cryptological support, and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialists

AIR FORCE – All airman assigned to a United States Air Force Special Operations Unit

Combat Controllers
Pararescuemen
Special Operations Weathermen
Tactical Air Control Party
Special Operations Aviators
Combat Aviation Advisors

MARINE CORPS – All Marines assigned to a United States Marine Corps Special Operations Unit

Critical Skills Operators
Special Operations Officers
Special Operations Capabilities Specialists
Special Operations Combat Services Specialists

What services are offered by the Special Operations Warrior Foundation?

Special Operations Warrior Foundation ensures full funding for a post-secondary education; immediate financial support for severely combat wounded special operations service members; educational counseling, and funding for in-home tutoring for children from kindergarten age through college graduation.

Scholarship funds for children of Special Operations Forces cover tuition, books, fees, room and board, transportation and living expenses.

What are the Foundation's goals?
  • Prepare every child with the tools for success.
  • Ensure every child in our program has the opportunity for a quality post-secondary education of their choice.
  • 100% of our high school graduates attend a post-secondary educational institution, which  includes two year and four year public or private colleges and universities and vocational training educational schools.
  • Ensure the education the children receive provides a path to a successful career.
  • Deliver immediate financial assistance to the families of severely combat wounded special operations service members within 48 hours of notification.
How do we measure our success?

Scholarship and counseling programs:

Our goals are for 100% of our high school graduates to enroll in post- secondary educations and complete their program.

While achieving 100% is a goal that is challenging to reach, we strive to continually beat the national graduation rates from post -secondary educational institutions.

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, the national average of high school graduates entering college is 59%. In the last five years, 92% of our annual high school graduates are enrolled in post-secondary institutions.

The national average of children graduating post-secondary educational institutions is 60% within six years.  Once our children are in college or trade schools we stay in contact with them, check their grades, mentor them, provide tutoring if necessary, and are proud to be say that over the last 5 years, 94% of our children who started their post- secondary education —  are still in college or have graduated college or other post-secondary educational institutions and trade schools.

Support to wounded special operations service members:

During 15 years of war, over 900 special operations service members have been severely wounded in combat.  When they arrive at a hospital in the United States, their families want and need to be at their bedside, providing love, support, and hope to their husband, wife, father, mother, son, or daughter.

The families’ lives temporarily stop while they focus on recovery of their loved one. One of the stresses we relieve is the immediate financial burden they face.

Once we are notified of their hospitalization, we overnight $5,000 to the hospital or home. Our goal is to deliver the funds within 48 hours of notification.

We have delivered over $2.6 million, one check at a time; and 99.99% of the checks have arrived in less than 48 hours.

What makes SOWF different?

SOWF has made a pledge to every Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine who is serving in special operations, that if they should lose their life in the line of duty, the foundation will ensure their children receive a college education.

We take that pledge to heart, because we truly believe the best way to honor the sacrifices of our fallen heroes, is to make sure their children are not forgotten.

The foundation proactively reaches out to every eligible family. We search for them!

We stay in touch by extending invitations to various events and retreats; sending birthday cards and graduation cards; and letting them know that we are a part of their extended family.

Our counselors work with all the children and surviving spouses to ensure in-home tutoring is available for the children from kindergarten through college graduation.  We contact the high school students to customize a personal plan for their studies at a conventional university, or a vocational or technical school.  We also counsel the students on preparation for ACT and SAT examinations and provide specialized tutoring to prepare them for the examinations.

How do we report our progress?

SOWF proudly reports the progress of graduates and how we have assisted wounded special operations service members and their families via our website, social media, as well as, our newsletters and annual report. 

How does Special Operations Warrior Foundation raise its money?

Special Operations Warrior Foundation receives no funding from the federal or state government.

As a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, the Warrior Foundation is generously supported with financial gifts from private citizens, corporations, family foundations, events, and participation in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) State employee campaigns, and gifts from personal estates, trusts, and wills.

What is the award the foundation received from Charity Navigator?

Charity Navigator badgeIn 2016, Charity Navigator, the nation’s leading charity watchdog group, awarded the Special Operations Warrior Foundation its 11th consecutive 4-star rating, for its ability to efficiently manage and grow its finances. Less than 1% of the nonprofits monitored by Charity Navigator have earned this distinction.

This highly coveted award indicates that the Special Operations Warrior Foundation outperforms most charities in America in its efforts to operate in the most fiscally responsible way possible.

Click here to read the Letter from Charity Navigator.

What is SOWF Confidentiality & Privacy Policy for beneficiaries and donors?

It is the policy of Special Operations Warrior Foundation to protect the privacy of our beneficiaries, donors and supporters. The Foundation will not release any names, addresses, or phone numbers without permission.

Read the Special Operations Warrior Foundation Confidentiality & Privacy Policy

How can someone donate money, sponsor an event, or offer their services?

 

You have the ability to dramatically change the lives of some very special children, while providing an ensuring reminder of our appreciation for the services of some brave and indeed very special people.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation is a tax exempt 501 (c)(3) organization.  Our Internal Revenue Service Tax Exempt identification number is 52-1183585.

There are several ways you can contribute to Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Our Combined Federal Campaign Number is 11455.

You can send your tax-deductible donation via mail to:

Special Operations Warrior Foundation
P.O. Box 89367
Tampa, FL 33689

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