October 16, 2012
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.
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