SPECIAL OPERATIONS WARRIOR FOUNDATION

Rating: 4.82 stars   45 reviews

Issues: International

Location: P.O. Box 89367 Tampa FL 33689 USA

Mission: 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: nationwide
Programs: 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  

I had a very close friend and teammate back in the early part of my military life that was KIA. His family had this organization to lean on with their loss. I know the past leadership was great and look forward to the future teams commitment to the same. I have been in several of SOWF events and hope to do more. I have also meet several of the board members and they have the same blessing to help others. Steve McCleary is as good as they come and hope he will stay as long as he can. All the people involved that I have met are very professional. Greg Hataway

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Being involved with the Special Operations Warrior Foundation for the ten years I have has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have known. They are consummate professionals and have graciously supported or efforts through out. You would be hard pressed to find a better run organization and all with extremely low overhead, just as a charity should operate. Their dedication to providing support to the children of Americas fallen Special Operations Personnel is commendable and without compare. Knowing that support is in place for the men and women down range as they put their lives in harms way doing very complicated jobs protecting our Country...well it is difficult to find words for that. I'll start with these, Thank you!
Lance Hollars

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with this group many times and the leadership is amazing. This group helps out so many people of fallen military members and they don't waste a dime. Special Operations is a family on and off-duty, both in life and in death. They never forget who has sacrificed for the country and do what they can to help those people and families out.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Each year I spend hundreds of hours putting on events to raise funds for the SOWF. Over the past three years my events have raised over $100,000 for the SOWF. I would not put in this kind of work or give this kind of money to just any charity. I have seen first hand how overhead expenses are kept to a minimum and that nearly all the money we raise goes to the education of children.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having worked with this charity for three-plus years now, I can't think of a better cause to support. The fact that the staff is small and the overhead is low makes interacting with the SOWF a very personal experience. You literally get to know them. But first and foremost, the Warrior Foundation does what it says it's going to do, and isn't afraid to make exceptions to its policy when needed, such as in October 2013, when it provided $20,000 grants to the families of the four special ops troops killed in Afghanistan who did not immediately receive the customary $100,000 in death benefits due to them because of the government shutdown. The money provided to the families by the SOWF offset their travel and burial costs. These funds were the first the families received. God bless our special operations forces troops, their families, and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

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A lot

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Quite well

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great foundation that serves our fallen and injured service men and women

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This Organization has a great group of organizers and volunteers who are dedicated to the cause and they have the biggest hearts you could ever imagine. Amazing charity, amazing people, and an even better more amazing results.

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Not a thing.

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for the SOWF for a number of years. I have seen the impact being made by this foundation and amazed that it is run by only a handful of hardworking and dedicated individuals. The families of fallen and wounded special operations troops are in good hands with the SOWF, who have been reviewed by watchdog groups and proven to be efficient.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering for Special Operations Warrior Foundation since shortly after my son was killed in Iraq in 2005. It was my son's charity of choice. Just days after he was killed the SOWF was in contact with us. They told us that my grandson would receive a full college education or trade school of his choice and cover everything. We wanted to do something to help as grandparents. We did a cross country motorcycle event and do many of the events in California so that the staff does not have to travel this far. They have always welcomed our help and made us feel more like family. Our grandson is a name and not a number to the staff. We have come to know everyone that works with the Special Ops Warrior Foundation. I recently wrote a book and all proceeds go to the Spec Ops Warrior Foundation. Our grandson is only eight, but there are so many children that are in need that we want to help as many as we can. This is the only non-profit that we are involved with now. We consider ourselves part of their family!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

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2012

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