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Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Rating: 4.89 stars   73 reviews 3,665


P.O. Box 89367 Tampa FL 33689 USA


Provides the opportunity for children of Special Operations forces who die in combat or training to obtain a full four year colleg degree. Also provides immediate financial assistance for families of special operations people wounded in combat.

Target demographics:

the families of fallen and wounded special operations warriors

Direct beneficiaries per year:

145 students with $4 million in tuition, books, fees, room and board and counseling services.

Geographic areas served:



1. Ensuring college educations for the surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces; 2. Providing immediate financial stipends to the families of severely wounded special operators to help with the financial burden of having a loved one hospitalized; and 3. Providing counseling and advocacy to the families of special operations personnel.

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

7 people found this review helpful

I am the CEO for a charitable company who has worked with Special Operations Warrior Foundation for the last two years and look forward to many more. They are leaders in non-profit giving and give to a cause close to our hearts. Their transparency, clarity of mission, and amazing performance have established an incredible reputation. These are the reasons we work solely with Special Operations Warrior Foundation for our Military giving and charitable efforts.

They are great people working for an outstanding non-profit. It is both an honor and privilege to work with SOWF and assist the families of Special Operations.

We support SOWF for those that do the deed and live a life of example in service and sacrifice!

Cleyton Bray
ceo/SWAT Life: Brothers for Adversity, LLC

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I have personally seen the great work this organization has done for the families of my fellow warriors who were killed in my unit. Several of the men had young children and young wives. SOWF quickly steeped in to provide immediate financial and emotional support but it has been the long term support they have given to the families and children of these buddies that is most impressive. We in SF are a tight community and the guys follow up to make sure the widows and children are doing well. They tell us that the SOWF has remained in contact and provided every educational and vocational need that these children and even the wives needed to have a good quality of life and fulfill the dreams that my buddies had for their kids. I strongly support and endorse SOWF whenever someone asks me who they should donate to.

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Losing my dad was the most traumatic experience I've ever been through. The SOWF made sure that, both, my brother and I were taken care of. I will forever be indebted to the foundation for their kindness, concern and generosity in ensuring that we achieved our educational goals. Everyone at SOWF is incredibly responsive and goes above and beyond to make sure that the children of our fallen warriors are not forgotten.

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Great organization that's helps family members of fallen heroes.

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Proud to represent the SOWF every year at the Reno Air Races! Race 99! No better organization out there for troops, by troops.

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I asked a warrior the best place to donate and his recommendation was Special Operations Warrior Foundation. I had never heard of it, but research showed me how well the donations are used. I contribute on a monthly basis.

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I am a senior Highschool student from Chicago. I learned of this organization in August from a family friend who served alongside my father and looking into it saw that they had had a workshop in June. Fearing this was like most scholarships, I grudgingly emailed them just to confirm my worst fears, that the deadline had passed and I was eligible. Quite to the contrary, the foundation quickly responded and asked my family many quick follow up questions to determine my eligibility for the organization. After only two weeks my family was told that I met the criteria to be part of Special Operations Warriors Foundation and that they would do anything in their power to help me through the college process. Upon receiving confirmation that I qualified to join SOWF, I cried tears of joy for the first time in years. My mom being a widow and only part time employed had been extremely worried about how we would be able to afford schools and what scholarships I would have to apply to and wether I would have to take out student loans. Thanks to SOWF they have lifted a huge burden from my family and provided us with an incredible blessing. I will soon be applying to colleges worry free thanks to all the help SOWF has provided me in this process and their generosity. Wherever I go I will be forever indebted to the kindness of the foundation and the donors. Without a doubt an incredible organization which I couldn't be more honored to be part of and will definitely try and give back to once I graduate and have a career.

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None, keep doing the work they're doing.

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Founded by Col. John Carry(retired); this organization is awesome in every way. It provides college educations and immediate assistance to the children of fallen special operations soldiers. When our best need help, let's be there for them. God Bless everyone involved.

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When my husband was killed in 2002, one of the many things I worried about was how am I going to send my two daughters (2 and 4 years old) to college. SOWF is an organization assisting my now 19 and 17 year olds and given me reassurance that they will be there for my girls during the college process. The staff is so compassionate and respond quickly to the needs of my girls. I am grateful for SOWF knowing my husband's sacrifice is not forgotten.

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2 people found this review helpful

Great organization for a great cause. Please help spread the word.
Sua Sponte

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