DynCorp International recently donated $10,000 to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) by sponsoring the Tribute to Special Operations Forces event held May 3. Donations from this event directly benefit SOWF programs that provide support and assistance to families of personnel serving in the U.S. Special Operations Command.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation was founded in 1980 and strives to relieve special operations personnel of the concerns involving their families while they serve their missions.
The foundation made a pledge and a commitment to all the men and women serving in U.S. special operations that if they lose their life in combat or training, the SOWF will provide a post-secondary education for all of their surviving children.
Another of SOWF’s initiatives is to help families reach their wounded family members in the case of injury. 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 special operations families face is getting to their hospitalized loved ones as quickly as possible. SOWF fulfills this need by providing $2,000 immediately to family members, solely for travel purposes.
To date, the SOWF has provided more than $1.4 million to the families of severely wounded special operations personnel.
125 sons and daughters of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operators are currently enrolled in colleges and universities across the country with funding from SOWF, made possible by generous donations from organizations like DynCorp International. Also, 201 sons and daughters of fallen special operations forces personnel have graduated from colleges, universities or vocational schools with SOWF’s assistance.
Tribute to Special Operations Forces
This year’s Tribute to Special Operations Forces event was held at Waterford Receptions in Springfield, Va. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, (Retired) U.S. Army Commander, Allied Forces in Afghanistan (2009-2010) delivered the keynote address and entertainment was provided by Lee DeWyze, season nine American Idol winner.