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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 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
Surviving Children
Severely Wounded
Eligible Children
Non-Military Spouse Fatalities
College Graduates

Be part of a Battlefield Promise

Who We are

On April 24, 1980, at a remote airstrip known as DESERT ONE, a battlefield promise made to 17 American children – when 8 Special Operations Forces were tragically lost in a daring mission – OPERATION EAGLE CLAW – to rescue 52 American hostages in Iran. 

Invest In Generations of Student Success

Ways to Give

We remain resolute in our mission to support our deserving families and are so very grateful for your generous support. We couldn’t do it without you. 


Donate Directly

By mail, online, through crypto, corporate giving and car donations. 


Named Scholarships

Multi-year giving pledges to fund the education of a student or multiple students.


Impact Partnerships Fundraising

Businesses committing to donations, employee engagement and co-marketing.


Event Sponsorships

Businesses investing in our programs through dinners, golf outings, etc. 

How you can make an impact


Upcoming events

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Honoring the legacy of America's finest

Stories & Recognition

Operation Urgent Fury

After the failure of Operation Eagle Claw in 1980, the next significant operation for U.S. Special Operations Forces (SOF) was Operation Urgent Fury in 1983.

Team Vander Ley

Team Vander Ley started our Special Operations journey in 1991 when we met while assigned to the 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field, Florida.