40 Years: 1980 - 2020

Heroes Unite: SOWF's 40th Anniversary Event- Tampa, FL

April 23, 2020
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Armature Works
1910 N Ola Ave,
Tampa, FL 33602
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Alex Gordon

Heroes Unite: A 40th Anniversary Event

Commemorating 40 Years of Service to the Families of our Fallen Special Operations

Preparing for the next 40

Special Operations Warrior Foundation's roots are traced back to a battlefield promise to provide college educations for the 17 children left behind by the eight men who lost their lives during Operation Eagle Claw, the daring attempt to rescue the 53 American hostages being held in Iran in 1980. 

40 years later,  Special Operations Warrior Foundation is dedicated to making sure that every child of a fallen special operator is taken care of, from Cradle to Career. 

Special Guests: 

SOWF Chairman:

General Tony Thomas, USA, Ret. 11th Commander US Special Operations Command

Keynote Speaker:

Alejandro Villanueva, Former Army Ranger and current Pittsburgh Steeler

Gold Star Speaker:

Mark Wilson, Jr., Special Operations Warrior Foundation Graduate and son of Navy SEAL Mark Wilson, Sr. who lost his life in 1995

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