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Join us in celebrating our nation's heroes during Military Appreciation Month!

Join us during the month of May for Military Appreciation Month, presented by Black Rifle Coffee Company. Over the next several weeks, through Memorial Day, we will honor military families with special video tributes, SOWF student success stories, and informative, timely messaging from SOWF regarding what we do and why to honor our nation’s heroes!

Highlights from our social channels

Mike Gabler

We begin SOWF SalutesOur Heroes with Mike Gabler, winner of CBS’s Survivor 43 television show. In an act of tremendous humility, and done with personal meaning, Mike chose to donate his entire winnings from the program – $1 million dollars – to various Veteran organizations. When researching nonprofits, Mike learned about the Special Operations Warrior Foundation’s mission and decided to include SOWF based on our enduring promise to honor the fallen by taking care of their children with educations, “cradle to career” (preschool – college). SOWF also provides educations, including college, to children of all Medal of Honor Recipients. A heartfelt thank you to Mike for his consideration and incredible generosity!

Brad Taylor

In recognition of Military Appreciation Month, SOWF Ambassador and N.Y. Times bestselling author LTC (Ret) Brad Taylor has an important message to share. We know LTC (Ret) Taylor as a friend of the organization, as well as an accomplished writer who engages his readers through storytelling – here he communicates via heartfelt words regarding the surviving children and families we serve. 

Kyle Higashioka

Kyle Higashioka, catcher for the New York Yankees, and friend of SOWF, has a special message in honor of Military Appreciation Month. Kyle has selected our organization as a beneficiary of an upcoming raffle featuring game-worn equipment, NY Yankee team-signed memorabilia, and a watch from Oris Watches.
Thank you to Kyle, and the New York Yankees, for your collective efforts on our behalf and participating in SOWF Salutes Our Heroes! 
Please be sure to follow Kyle on IG: @ khigashioka & Twitter: @ the_higster for more information regarding the upcoming raffle!

Arthur Enriquez

Since our inception in 1980, over 500 remarkable students have had their college educations FULLY FUNDED! 500 students whose dreams were made possible by the incredible support of SOWF!

Today, we want to share with you an inspiring message from SOWF’s 500th graduate, Arthur Enriquez. Arthur’s story exemplifies the powerful impact that SOWF has had on him and his family since the devastating loss of his father, US Army Master Sergeant Arthur Enriquez, who lost his life in 2018 while serving with the 7th Special Forces Group.

Arthur’s journey is a testament to the unwavering dedication of SOWF in honoring our fallen heroes and ensuring that their children and families receive the support they deserve. Together, we’ve created a brighter future for Arthur and countless others!

Who We Support

Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) provides full educations and additional educational opportunities, “cradle to career” (preschool – college), for the surviving children of Special Operations Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps) lost in the line of duty as well as children of all Medal of Honor Recipients. SOWF also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded, ill, and injured Special Operations Personnel — today and in the future.

Expanded eligibility to include active-duty Special Operations Personnel who have lost a spouse – this recognizes the critical role spouses play in the lives of our families. These children will now receive the same benefits as all other children in SOWF’s educational programs.

Pictured here is Emily Kraines, the surviving spouse of U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Peter Kraines, who lost his life in 2019 while serving with the 24th Special Operations Wing, with their two children, Hazel and Harbor.

By The Numbers

( as of 23 May 2023)

Warrior Fatalities
Non-Military Spouse Fatalities
Wounded, Ill & Injured
Surviving Children
Children Eligible
College Graduates