Why Is SOWF Needed?
It takes a special kind of "quiet professional" to meet the exacting standards of America's Special Operations Forces.
As the war on terrorism continues, Special Operations Forces will be facing new challenges all too frequently. In fact, there has never been a greater need for Special Operations Forces than right now. Special Operations will continue to be the force of choice, time and time again.
"My husband, Lt. Col. John Stein, died in Afghanistan in 2003. At the time, we has two children in high school and one in middle school. Because of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, I did not have to worry about how to pay for college for my three children. All three of my children have attended college. One is an Air Force Flight Surgeon at Hurlburt Field, FL, one is an Army Ranger stationed in Italy, and my daughter is scheduled to graduate from University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine in May. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for making this possible - not only in financial assistance but also the emotional support." - Barbara Stein
Battlefield Pledge to Take Care of the Families
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation continues to honor a pledge and a commitment to the men and women serving in U.S. Special Operations that if they lose their life in the line of duty, the SOWF will provide a post secondary education for their surviving children. The financial resources necessary to honor our pledge has been determined by a third party actuarial firm to be $146 million.
Since 2005, the SOWF provided $4.4 million in program services to its beneficiaries. Sadly, the number of children added to our programs continues to grow, along with the number of special operations missions. Therefore, we must continue in our fundraising efforts to meet the anticipated need for scholarships.
Wounded Special Operations Warriors
Although there are numerous charities and other organizations that assist military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, SOWF has learned that one of the most important challenges our families face is getting to their hospitalized loved ones as quickly as possible.
We fulfill this need by providing a $3,000 grant immediately to family members, so they can travel to be bedside with their loved one at the hospital during the crucial first days.
How Can You Help?
There are many ways you can support the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. You can host a peer-to-peer event, donate a portion of proceeds from sales of a product, or make a financial contribution.
Donations can be made to help provide college educations or support our wounded warriors.