Special Operations Warrior Foundation

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) was founded in 1980 to provide support and assistance to the families of fallen and wounded Army, Navy, Airforce and Marine Corps special operations forces, which include (but are no limited to) Army Rangers and Special Forces (Green Berets), Navy SEALs, Air Force Combat Controllers and Special Tactics, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, and Marine Corps special operations personnel.

The SOWF provides the surviving children of fallen warriors with a full college education, including tuition, books, fees, room and board, and a computer with printer.

We also provide immediate financial assistance to the families of severly wounded special operations warriors.

The Warrior Foundation Scholarship Program For our eligible SOWF families,the scholarship program process starts in the 10th grade, when we send college planning materials to the student so he/she can get acquainted with our program. Our guides describe how to apply for the SOWF and other available sources of grant money (not loans) available. During your senior year, you will receive your personal Student Handbook, which contains all application materials and instructions. It also explains the Warrior Foundation scholarship policy and rules. SOWF Counseling Network Working together with professional counselors across the country, we have created a network of free professional counselors for our SOWF families.  

Psychologists, social workers, family therapists, mental health counselors and other specialists are available by contacting us. We will coordinate with the professional(s) in your area to get you started on the road to relief and recovery. Donate You have the ability to dramatically change the lives of some very special children, while providing an ensuring reminder of our appreciation for the services of some brave and indeed very special people. There are several ways to donate to the SOWF. Click here to make a donation online. The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. The I.R.S. Tax Exempt identification number is 52-1183585.


Career Phase:
Discharges Allowed:
  • No Minimum Discharge
Military Branch:
Programs for Family Members:
  • Surviving Spouse
  • Surviving Child
Service Counties:
  • Virtual - Online Only
Services Category:
  • Ed - Scholarships and Tuition Assistance
  • Mental Health
  • MH - Death and Bereavement
  • PH - Med Equip & Prosthesis
VA Disability Rating Requirement:
  • No Disability Requirement
Vet Plus:
  • Combat Wounded