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.
SOWF Will Be There For Special Operations Families
The Foundation made 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 $125 million.
In 2013, 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.
Helping Families Reach Their Wounded Loved Ones
Because of the fast pace and active involvement of special operations, the number of personnel who are wounded during operations or training has increased significantly since Sept.11, 2001.
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.
The SOWF also assists wounded special operations warriors and their families with additional needs not covered by other organizations, on a case-by-case basis.
Will the new GI Bill Change SOWF's Mission?
The new GI Bill and Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry scholarship program will provide expanded military benefits to the children of fallen military personnel. To learn how these new federal programs will affect the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, please, click here.
How Can You Help?
Donations can be made to help provide college educations or support our wounded warriors.
Updated June 2014