SPECIAL OPERATIONS WARRIOR FOUNDATION

MISSION

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation ensures full scholarship grants as well as educational and family counseling to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty and immediate financial assistance for severely wounded special operations personnel and their families.

THE NEED

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. The specialized teams are doing more, going more places, and working under a broader range of conditions than ever before. This includes missions that are conducted quickly; and that require frequent and unpredictable deployment schedules, personal hardships, and casualties both in operations and training. Unfortunately, these deaths occur at an early age, at the beginning of their careers, leaving behind families who have yet to accumulate the resources to provide for their surviving children’s college education.

PROGRAMS

Scholarships: The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full educational scholarships, not grants, for surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel. Funding includes tuition, books, fees, room and board, a computer and printer. Today, there are over 130 young adults enrolled in colleges and universities across the country with funding from the foundation.

Family Services: One of the major aspects that makes the Warrior Foundation different from other scholarship foundations is our proactive approach to getting our students into college. We actively stay in touch with each of our families and students throughout the formative years through birthday cards, graduation cards, and invitations to events across the country. We have a licensed clinical social worker on our staff helping those families who need assistance with learning disabilities, academic challenges, and other counseling needs.

Wounded SOF Support: The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides immediate financial assistance to special operations personnel severely wounded in combat. The Foundation provides $3,000 immediately to the families so they can be bedside at the hospital with their loved one. To date, the foundation has provided more than $2 million to the families of wounded SOF troops.

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