Honoring the legacy of America's finest

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 Forces 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.

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Warrior Fatalities

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

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Children Eligible

We are currently committed to funding the education for over 990 children of fallen Special Operations Warriors and children of all Medal of Honor Recipients.

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College Graduates

Over 440 children have graduated college through the support of SOWF funding and dedicated partnership with the Scholarships & Family Outreach team.

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Wounded

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

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Surviving Children

There are over 1,500 surviving children of fallen Special Operations Warriors since 1980.

Hannah Gressett, Ready to Launch
Hannah is the daughter of TSgt David Gressett, USAF, who lost his life in 2004 while assigned to the 16th Squadron Officer School (SOS), 27th Special Operations Wing (SOW), Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). Read how Hannah is preparing for her career.
Read Hannah's story
How Heart Mountain Challenge Was Born
A message from SOWF Ambassador Jim Dager
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Join SOWF in congratulating our 444th graduate, in honor of the 444 days that Americans were held hostage in Iran in 1980 — the crisis that led to the eventual formation and mission of SOWF.

What We Do

Educational Programs

commited to ensuring student success with support every step of the way

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Family Outreach

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

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Support for Wounded

IMMEDIATE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES OF SEVERELY WOUNDED WARRIORS

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Upcoming Events

Testimonials

A TRUSTED CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION​

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 2020 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.

Help Empower Our Students

Special Operations Warrior Foundation has seen nearly 400 students obtain their college degree. There are nearly 900 students in our program, ranging from infants to high school student. Your support honors the sacrifice of their fallen parent and empowers them along their academic journey.