What We Do

We Stand by Your Family’s Side

From Cradle to Career

Empowering Children of Fallen Special Operations Forces Since 1980

Every child of a fallen Special Operator deserves the greatest opportunity for future success.

Should their parent make the ultimate sacrifice, Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) will be by their side. Our commitment is to ensure every child of a fallen Special Operations Warrior receives a college education. As of November 2020, we have expanded program eligibility to include children of ALL Medal of Honor recipients as well.

Our commitment to academic success is much more than a tuition check. SOWF provides students with tools for educational success, including preschool funding, academic counseling, private tutoring, college planning, coaching and mentoring, and college-to-career transition. 

We also fund educational programs specifically designed for children with special needs.  

A Message From Graduate and SOWF Ambassador
Mark Wilson, Jr.

What makes our academic funding program unique

SOWF stands by your family's side from cradle to career

SOWF Educational Programs

Ensuring the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps
Special Operations Personnel receive a college education


Up to $8,000 per year for surviving children ages 2 - 5 for preschool programs.


Unlimited Private Tutoring Funding for all Students (Kindergarten thru College Graduation)


College planning workshop for high school students, funding for college visits and access to online College Success Academy.


Funding to school of student’s choice, includes tuition, books, fees, room & board, transportation and miscellaneous expenses, plus a laptop and printer.

College-To-Career Transition

Personalized coaching, mentoring and career prep programs, at no cost to student, as well as funding to support internships (travel and relocation expenses).


Since 2006, we’ve also provided immediate financial support to severely wounded, ill and injured Special Operators requiring hospitalization. SOWF realizes that one of the most difficult challenges that special operations families may face is the immediate financial burden when their loved one is hospitalized with severe combat wounds, injuries, or illness.

We fulfill this need by immediately providing a check to the service member (or his/her designated recipient) so the family and loved ones can be at their bedside.

SOWF sends the hospitalized warrior an Echo Show to help facilitate video calls with family and friends.

SOWF also sends an additional stipend, on a case-by-case basis, or severely wounded, ill or injured warriors who are hospitalized for an extended period of time.

You Can Help

Through the generosity of our donors, Special Operations Warrior Foundation has seen nearly 400 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.