What We Do

Empowering children of fallen Special Forces Operations Personnel since 1980

Every Child of a Fallen Special Operations Forces Operator Deserves the Greatest Opportunity for Future Success

Should a Special Operations Forces Operator parent make the ultimate sacrifice, Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) will be by the side of their surviving spouse and children. Our commitment is to ensure every child of fallen Special Operations Personnel receives a college education. As of November 2020, our expanded program eligibility now includes children of ALL Medal of Honor recipients as well.

We ensure academic success through much more than simply a tuition check. Special Operations Warrior Foundation takes a “cradle to career” approach: providing students with tools for educational success, including preschool funding, academic counseling, private tutoring, funding for private K–12 education, programs designed for children with special needs, college planning, coaching and mentoring, and college-to-career transition. We are committed to funding the education of nearly 1,000 children, with 37 of those being children of Medal of Honor Recipients. Unfortunately, there will be more families in the future that require our support. We will be there for them.

Our commitment to the Special Operations Forces community also includes immediate financial support for wounded warriors and personnel since 2006. Click the items below to learn more about each program.

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


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A Message from President & CEO of SOWF MG (RET) Clayton Hutmacher

A Message from President & CEO of SOWF MG (RET) Clayton Hutmacher

You Can Help

Through the generosity of our donors, Special Operations Warrior Foundation has seen over 430 sons and daughters of fallen Special Operations personnel obtain their college degree. However, there are nearly 900 students in our program, ranging from infants to high school student, who we have pledged to provide a college education. Your support honors the sacrifice of their fallen parent and empowers their children along their academic journey.