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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, National Security

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.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

7 Cleyton M.

Donor

Rating: 5

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

1 Bucky B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a member of the task force that attempted to rescue American hostages in Iran in 1980, it has been a wonderful thing to witness the SOWF provide college educations not only to the children of the eight warriors we lost on that mission, but to witness the superb effort they continue to make to provide counseling and education to the HUNDREDS of children of Special Operators who have been lost since then. Their extremely low overhead, with more than 90% of all money donated going directly to the children, and to the families of severely wounded members of SOF make them, in my opinion, the most worthwhile charity in America.

Previous Stories
1

Donor

Rating: 5

Many of the children of my fallen comrades, from Desert One through the ongoing Global War on Terror, have been given scholarships through this wonderful, caring foundation. As a former Special Operator with five children, it was always comforting to know that, if something happened to me, my children would be counseled and educated, even in the absence of my spouse. This was a huge load off the shoulders of we who were sent into harm's way, often at great risk. It gave us one less big thing to worry about. One of my close friends was killed in Somalia, leaving three little girls behind. The SOWF has seen to the education of all of them - one of whom, now a school teacher, is married to the son of another fallen teammate who was killed in the Gulf War (the son is now an Army helicopter pilot.) The superb staff and leadership of the SOWF responds immediately to the news of any SOF member who is severely wounded or killed in the line of duty. Hundreds of children have been counseled when needed, and awarded full college scholarships through the SOWF, making them productive citizens. No child of a Special Operations Forces member who has been killed has been allowed to "fall through the cracks."

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!!

George30

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Carol69

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.