The Special Operations Warrior Foundation mission is devoted to providing a college education to every child who has lost a parent while serving in Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps Special Operations during an operational or training mission. The forces covered by the Foundation are some 50,000 military special operations and support personnel stationed in units throughout the United States and overseas bases.
The Warrior Foundation is currently committed to providing scholarship grants, not loans, to more than 760 children. These children survive over 600 Special Operations personnel who gave their lives in patriotic service to their country, including those who died fighting our nation's war against terrorism as part of "Operation Enduring Freedom" in Afghanistan and the Philippines as well as "Operation Iraqi Freedom." To date, 143 children of fallen special operations warriors have graduated from college.
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation also provides immediate financial assistance to special operations personnel severely wounded in the global war on terror. Once notified of a special operations soldier, airman, sailor or Marine hospitalized with a severe injury, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation immediately sends funds to the service member (or his/her designated recipient) so the family and loved ones can immediately travel to be bedside.
To date, the Special Operations Warrior Foundation has provided over $700,000 to wounded special operations personnel.
This Special Operations Warrior Foundation page is in memory of:
• Lt. Cmdr. Jonas B. Kelsall, 32
• Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer Louis J. Langlais, 44
• Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer Thomas A. Ratzlaff, 34
• Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Senior Chief Petty Officer Kraig M. Vickers, 36
• Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Brian R. Bill, 31
• Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer John W. Faas, 31
• Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Kevin A. Houston, 35
• Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Matthew D. Mason, 37
• Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Stephen M. Mills, 35
• Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Chief Petty Officer Nicholas H. Null, 30
• Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Robert J. Reeves, 32
• Special Warfare Operator Chief Petty Officer Heath M. Robinson, 34
• Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Darrik C. Benson, 28
• Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher G. Campbell, 36
• Information Systems Technician Petty Officer 1st Class Jared W. Day, 28
• Master-at-Arms Petty Officer 1st Class John Douangdara, 26.
• Cryptologist Technician Petty Officer 1st Class Michael J. Strange, 25
• Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Jon T. Tumilson, 35
• Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron C. Vaughn, 30
• Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Jason R. Workman, 32.
• Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Jesse D. Pittman, 27
• Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas P. Spehar, 24
• Chief Warrant Officer 4 David R. Carter, 47
• Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bryan J. Nichols, 31
• Staff Sgt. Patrick D. Hamburger, 30
• Sgt. Alexander J. Bennett, 24
• Spc. Spencer C. Duncan, 21
• Tech. Sgt. John W. Brown, 33
• Staff Sgt. Andrew W. Harvell, 26
• Tech. Sgt. Daniel L. Zerbe, 28
Because of the outstanding performances, demanding tasks & selfless sacrifices our Special Operations Warriors adhere to in service to our Country, we are all in a better place.
In granting college educations to the children of our Special Operations Warriors who have made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the ideals of our nation, we uphold the wishes of higher education he would have given his own, had he lived.