40 Years: 1980 - 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is covered under Special Operations Warrior Foundation?

Every person who falls under United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), in any capacity.

Special Operations Command is made up of approximately 70,000 service members including, but not limited to, the groups listed below.

ARMY – All soldiers assigned or attached to U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC)

  • Special Forces (Green Berets)
  • Rangers
  • Special Operations Aviators
  • Civil Affairs Soldiers
  • Military Information Support Operators
  • Training Cadre
  • Sustainment Soldiers

NAVY – All Navy service members assigned or attached to a Naval Special Warfare Command (NAVSPECWARCOM)

  • Sea, Air, Land (Navy SEALs)
  • Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen (SWCC)
  • Enablers

AIR FORCE – All airman assigned or attached to Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC)

  • Special Tactics
  • Special Operations Aviators
  • Support Air Commandos

MARINE CORPS – All Marines assigned or attached to a Marine Special Operations Command (MARSOC)

  • Critical Skills Operators
  • Special Operations Officers
  • Special Operations Capabilities Specialists
  • Special Operations Combat Services Specialists

If you have a question about eligibility, please contact SOWF’s Family Services Team at

What makes Special Operations Warrior Foundation different?

  • No Applications!
  • Proactively reach out to families
  • No limitations on goals or aspirations. We will pay for any (accredited) school or program.
  • Provide resources beyond our programs
  • More than just a check, a commitment
  • It is a true SOWF Family

What does it mean to have a 4 Star Rating from Charity Navigator?

Special Operations Warrior Foundation is proud to have received its 14th consecutive 4 Star (the highest) Rating from Charity Navigator. This rating is based on transparency and accountability of funds.

In a letter written to SOWF President/CEO, Major General Clayton Hutmacher, Michael Thatcher, CEO of Charity Navigator, writes:

“Based on the most recent information available, we have issued a new rating for your organization. We are proud to announce Special Operations Warrior Foundation has earned our thirteenth consecutive 4-star rating. This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. Attaining a 4-star rating verifies that Special Operations Warrior Foundation exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work. Less than 1% of the charities we evaluate have received at least 14 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Special Operations Warrior Foundation outperforms most other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Special Operations Warrior Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

SOWF remains dedicated to our mission of supporting the families of our fallen and wounded special operations personnel and committed to being responsible stewards of the donations we receive from our generous supporters. SOWF promises to continue to uphold our duties to both the community we serve and to our donors.

Read full letter from Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator 

How is Special Operations Warrior Foundation funded?

The Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization, and is all privately funded. We are generously supported with financial gifts from private citizens, corporations, family foundations, and events. SOWF participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), State employee campaigns, and corporate employee giving campaigns. We accept gifts from personal estates, trusts, and wills.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation does not receive funding from the federal or state government.

Does Special Operations Warrior Foundation accept non-monetary gifts?

SOWF accepts in-kind donations, of products, services, or experiences.  To support our many events with raffle and auction items contact

We accept vehicle donations through Vehicle Donation to Any Charity.

I am a Federal employee. Can I donate to Special Operations Warrior Foundation through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)?

Yes! Special Operations Warrior Foundation’s Combined Federal Campaign number is 11455.

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.

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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.

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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. 

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