The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) is a non-profit organization located in Tampa, Florida. The SOWF exists to care for the families of fallen and wounded special operations forces.
The SOWF was founded in 1980 after the attempt to rescue 53 American hostages in Iran. The operation resulted in the loss of eight special operations servicemen who left behind 17 children.
Since then, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation has assisted hundreds of children of fallen special operators with financial assistance in their pursuit of a post-secondary education. In addition, the SOWF has assisted countless wounded and injured special operations warriors.
The SOWF has two principle missions. It provides financial assistance for post-secondary education (college, university, or trade schools) to the surviving children of special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line-of-duty. In addition, it provides immediate financial grants to severely combat-wounded and hospitalized special operations personnel and their families.
Year after year U.S. special operations forces are deployed in over 70 countries around the world and engaged in several conflicts as well. The past few decades have been difficult years – with many families losing their SOF warriors each year. Every year more children are added to the SOWF scholarship rolls. As of 2019 there are over 1,300 children who will be ensured a full college scholarship from SOWF.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It has the coveted ‘4-star rating’ for its efficiency by Charity Navigator. This is the highest rating reserved for those organizations that demonstrate strong financial health and a commitment to accountability and transparency. The organization has a staff of 17 personnel and its administrative overhead costs are less than 6%. The leadership of the SOWF have had very long careers in the special operations community.
Are you are looking for a good cause to support that is focused on the special operations community? You can’t go wrong by supporting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Find out more at the link below: