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Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) ensures a fully funded education to every child of an Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps special operations service member who loses their life in the line of duty. This includes family and educational counseling, in-home tutoring, college prep and fully financed tuition and expenses at any accredited two- or four-year college, university, technical or trade school.

SOWF also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded and hospitalized special operations service members. This allows their families to be bedside without the concern of unanticipated expenses.

Since 1980, SOWF has supported over 1,100 children of the over 1,000 special operations service members who gave their lives to our country and has provided grants to over 950 wounded service members.

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Success Through Support

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Thanks to everyone at the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, I can rest easy knowing that my children will be able to attend college and fulfill a dream that my husband and I had.


Jill Voas
Surviving spouse of Air Force Major Randell Voas, mother of Madde and Mitch
Maddeline Voas (pictured) graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Anthropology.


My husband's death is the hardest thing I've ever had
 to face. SOWF stepped in to help. I was happy to know there was an organization out there that existed to help families who needed assistance like mine. I have so much pride in Aaron, and I know he would be so humbled by the outreach that the SOWF has provided.


Kimberly Vaughn
Surviving spouse of Navy Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Aaron Vaughn
 who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2011


My husband was killed in action when our daughters were 6 and 7. SOWF was there from the beginning, offering support and guidance. Now 10 years later, SOWF is still here, helping us as we are a year away from college for my oldest daughter. Knowing that the foundation is always there, that you have our backs, and that we aren't a number to you is something we cherish and don't take for granted. We are part of the SOWF family. You know our names and you know our story. Thank you for everything!!!


Leslie Ponder
Surviving spouse of Army Master Sgt. James "Trey" Ponder
who lost his life in 2005 while in Afghanistan.


My dad was a Navy SEAL who was killed November 8, 2000. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation contacted my family to let my mom know they would be paying for college for me, my sister and brother. That was something that we wouldn't have to worry about. The people at SOWF are really nice and sincere, and you can tell they really enjoy helping us. Knowing that SOWF exists brings me comfort because I know there are other people like me who have lost a father.


Mailani Walker
Student at the University of Tampa

Surviving daughter of Navy SEAL Petty Officer Terrell Walker who lost his life in 2000