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Honoring the Legacy of America's Finest since 1980.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation ensures complete post-secondary educational support and additional educational opportunities “cradle to career,” for eligible surviving children of fallen Special Operations Personnel and children of all Medal of Honor Recipients; and provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded, ill, and injured Special Operations Personnel — today and in the future.

Warrior Fatalities

Over 1,200 Special Operations Warriors have lost their lives since 1980. 

Non-Military Spouse Fatalities

Expanded eligibility to include active-duty Special Operations Personnel who have lost a spouse. 

Wounded, Ill & Injured

We provide immediate financial assistance to severely wounded, ill, and injured Special Operations Warriors requiring hospitalization.

Surviving Children

There are over 1,600 surviving children of fallen Special Operations Warriors since 1980.

Children Eligible

We are currently committed to funding the education for over 1,000 children of fallen Special Operations Warriors and children of all Medal of Honor Recipients.

College Graduates

Over 475 children have graduated college through the support of SOWF funding and dedicated partnership with the Scholarship & Family Outreach team.

What We Do

Educational Programs

Committed to ensuring student success with educational support every step of the way.

Family Outreach

Our dedicated staff proactively contacts every family of fallen Special Operations Personnel from the first month of their loss and then stays in constant touch throughout the year.

Support for Wounded

Immediate financial support for families of severely wounded, ill, and injured warriors.

SOWF in the news

Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, “Yellowstone” actor Cole Hauser shares his own story of service and working with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides educational scholarships to children of fallen Special Operations Personnel. CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.

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"SOWF has given my family so much support and has made sure I am not alone through this journey. SOWF has helped raise my son's educational scores and provided emotional relief to make his third-grade experience so much better!"
Krista Anderson, surviving spouse
“Because of Special Operations Warrior Foundation and their supporters, we have been blessed to be presented with so many opportunities and insights to help my brother and I down the road to succession!”
William Eggers, surviving son
"Thanks to Special Operations Warrior Foundation, I have attended college debt-free, helping to take the burden off my mother’s shoulders and allowing me to succeed—in and out of the classroom!"
Grace Goetsch, surviving daughter

Help Empower Our Students

Special Operations Warrior Foundation has seen over 500 students obtain their college degree. There are over 1,000 students currently in our program, ranging from infants to high school students. Your support allows us to "Honor the Legacy of America's Finest," by taking care of their children, cradle to career.


Charity Navigator Four Star Charity - Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Special Operations Warrior Foundation is proud to be recognized as a Four-Star Charity for the last 16 consecutive years by Charity Navigator. SOWF is also a recipient of Guidestar’s 2021 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.