History of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) began in 1980 after the daring attempt to rescue 53 American hostages in Iran, which ended in tragedy when a helicopter and C-130 aircraft collided. Eight souls were lost and they left behind 17 children.
A battlefield promise to take care of those 17 children has become the noble cause of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical or trade school, as well as family and educational counseling, including in-home tutoring, to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty.
The foundation also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded and hospitalized special operations personnel.
Nearly 60,000 military special operations and support personnel are stationed in units throughout the United States and overseas bases. The Warrior Foundation is committed to providing scholarship grants, not loans, to over 1,000 children, who survive over 900 Special Operations personnel who gave their lives in service to our country.
Some of the largest concentrations of Special Operations Forces are at military bases at Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Hurlburt Field, Florida; Coronado Naval Station, California; Dam Neck, Virginia; MacDill AFB, Florida; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Little Creek, Virginia; Fort Carson, Colorado; Royal Air Force Base, Mildenhall, United Kingdom; and Kadena Air Base, Japan.
"I want to thank everyone at the Special Operations Warrior Foundation for making a college education possible and for always being there for me." - Steven Voigt, son of Navy SEAL Petty Officer First Class Steve M. Voigt, who lost his life in 1996.
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