40 Years: 1980 - 2020

In Their Own Words

Stories and videos from the families of our fallen special operators.

Kaylee Stapley

Kaylee Henry Stapley is the daughter of Air Force Technical Sergeant James Henry who lost his life in 2005.

Kyle Anderson

Son of Chief Warrant Officer Michael Anderson, who lost his life in Iraq in 1991 while assigned to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.

Tommy Miller

Son of Army Major Kenneth Miller, who lost his life in Bolivia in 2003 while assigned to Southern Command.

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

I would like to take this opportunity to truly thank you for all of your unwavering love and support. This organization made a promise to see me through graduation, to assist me along the way to earning my degree. You have kept that promise. You stuck with me the whole way. For this, I am truly blessed to be part of the SOWF family.”

Kathryn Blais

Without the assistance of SOWF’s scholarship program, I would not have been able to attend my dream school. The SOWF really comes through for families when they need help the most.”

Loren Pittman

The people at SOWF genuinely care about us and they are not a check-in-the-mail type of organization. SOWF means so much to me because they take away the financial stress that comes along with college. I could not be more thankful.”

Cheyenne Yost

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation allows people to move on with their lives and push forward. Loss is hard, but the knowledge that there are people who care gives us great comfort. Thank you all.”

Adam Singleton

To me, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation is a support system. While the financial side of that support is invaluable, knowing that there is a group of people behind me who are invested in helping me succeed has been equally important.”

Sarah Oswald

Everything the SOWF does means the world to me. There is not a day that goes by that I am not thankful.”

Ebony Sherrill

We proactively reach out to every eligible family. They do not need to apply for our help.

Last year 32 special operations service members died and left behind 66 children. Those children are the newest members of the SOWF family and sadly that number continues to grow. We need your help to meet the anticipated need for scholarships.