Caring for the Families of the Fallen & Severely Wounded

Mission Statement

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation’s enduring promise to America’s Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps Special Operations personnel is to:

 (1) Ensure full financial assistance for post-secondary education from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical or trade school, as well as educational counseling, preschool grants, and tutoring to the surviving children of Special Operations personnel who lose their lives in the line-of-duty and,

(2) Provide immediate financial grants to severely combat-wounded and hospitalized Special Operations personnel and their families.  


Ensure full post-secondary educational support to surviving children of special operations personnel and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel ~ today and in the future.

Core Values

Integrity – We hold ourselves, and others, to consistent standards of honesty and strong moral principles.

Stewardship – Transparent fiduciary practices and fiscal compliance to optimize resources prudently, efficiently, and effectively.

Commitment – Deliver our best daily and remain faithful to our mission.

History of Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Special Operations Warrior Foundation was founded in 1980 after the daring attempt to rescue 52 American hostages in Iran, which ended in the tragic loss of eight servicemen who left behind 17 children. 

A battlefield promise to take care of those 17 children has become the noble mission of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation to educate over 1,200 children.

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

After we reach out to a fallen special operations service member’s family, we stay in touch through the entire educational process.