Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Rating: 4.85 stars   55 reviews

Address:

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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(813) 805-9400
www.specialops.org

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We support the SOWF and the incredible work they do in supporting our wounded heroes and their families, like Lieutenant (retired) Jason C. Redman, former U.S. Navy SEAL and ARMY Ranger, and SSgt (retired) Johnnie O. Yellock II, former Combat Controller. I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Jason two weeks ago and Johnnie today an event in Virginia and they both praised SOWF for the incredible support they and their families received during their difficult time of recovery. First class organization that always does the right thing for our wounded warriors. I wish more charitable organizations would follow their lead. Well done. Keep up the tremendous work!!

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a supporter of this organization for the good works they do. Special Operators do the tpooughest jobs in the toughest places and do not talk about their work. They are the "Quiet Professionals". The SOWF helps to take care of families of these folks and adds to our credo of never leaving a man behind.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

SOWF goes above and beyond to take care of each and every recipient. I believe their efforts far exceed their mission/vision and they continue to change lives in a paramount way.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand their mission to spread their already-great service and efforts.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with many charitable organizations over the course of my professional career and SOWF stands out in its commitment to the population it serves. With its small staff working closely together they have been able to swiftly act to meet the ever changing needs of their families. As a nonprofit they excel at their work while keeping overhead expenses to a minimum. Well deserved 5 star rating.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am a Veteran active in many charities, always searching to support only the best.SOWF performs their mission every day for over thirty years second to none. They take care of needs in an efficient and timely matter that nobody else does. We never leave anyone behind and these folks live that. Major (ret) Terry Sheehan louisvillesheehan@yahoo.com for any questions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wish they had more money to advertise their mission and raise even more money as the need is mind blowing. The Federal government cannot possibly handle the needs of these young warriors and their families, especially in the case when a soldier never comes home.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

This charity is lean, with a single office and a staff of 11. Yet it manages to provide substantial monetary and emotional support to our nation's special operations forces deployed around the world; and their families. They ensure the children of fallen spec ops personnel receive funds for college and for living expenses while they are in school, so students can focus strictly on college or vocational/technical school. We have a 98% graduation rate among our scholarship recipients, in part because of the expenses being covered and in part because many of these kids who have lost a parent, learn at a young age that the scholarship will be there for them in the future. It's a guarantee. The foundation's relationship with the surviving spouse and children begins shortly after their special operator is lost in operations or training, Kids receive birthday cards and Christmas cards; outings are organized for the kids and retreats for the spouses. Academic and grief counseling are also readily available. For the wounded, the SOWF sends $3k overnight cash grants to the families of hospitalized SOF personnel so their loved ones can get to their bedsides right away. It's a great cause, the personnel and the families are so appreciative, and 95 cents of each dollar donated goes directly to these programs. That speaks volumes.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

SOWF is simply one of the FINEST charity organizations I have ever worked with. I have known numerous kids that were helped by their organization. I couldn't ask for them to be any better.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

It has such great long term benefits. Nothing can ever replace a parent but setting these kids up for success in life is paramount. I can't think of a better way to thank America's greatest warriors that gave all than to take care of their families.

 
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