40 Years: 1980 - 2020

Empowering the Families of Fallen and Wounded Special Operations Forces



Over 1,100 special operations service members have lost their lives since 1980.


Children of Fallen

We are currently committed to funding the education from “cradle to career” for over 800 children of fallen special operations personnel.



Over 375 children in our program have graduated college.



We provided immediate financial assistance to special operations service members severely wounded since 2006.

Charity Navigator

A Trusted Charitable Organization

Special Operations Warrior Foundation is proud to be recognized as a Four Star Charity for the last
14 consecutive years by Charity Navigator and a recipient of GuideStar's 2019 Platinum Seal of Transparency.

A 2018 Actuarial review* identified a $165 Million Dollar need to fund the educations of current and future children supported by SOWF.
*Mercer, a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people, published the Actuarial study in November 2018.

SOWF has been there since day one of my bachelor's degree.

They have always made sure I got what I needed for my living expenses as well as my semester expenses. They not only have given me financial stability when I needed it the most, but also moral and emotional support. If it wasn’t for SOWF I wouldn’t be the professional teacher that I am today. For every success that I made and continue to make in my life, SOWF will be there at the top of the list for all of the thanks and recognition that they deserve for helping me carve my future.

Steven Schmauss Read More
SOWF provided me with the opportunity to be more engaged

in my studies rather than worrying about jobs and extracurricular work to pay for schooling. In addition, I was able to invest my time in leadership positions which have taught me so much as a person.

Ryan Soltes Read More
I cannot begin to express my gratitude,

knowing throughout the college admissions process, that the financial burden of college was no longer on our family. I am forever thankful for all the incredible things SOWF does for military personnel and their families. I am proud to be attending my dream school, the University of Chicago, because of all the Foundation does to honor those who have given their lives. 

Forrest Haydon Read More


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