MSOF is a nonprofit public health initiative for the special operations community.

We enable the success of SOF Warriors and Families through collaborative health and well-being research and programs.

Special Operations Forces (SOF) & their families are hurting.

The physical, mental, and social effects of SOF training and operations result in higher rates of chronic stress disorders, divorce, and suicide than conventional forces.

SOF Service Members & Veterans experience barriers to care, such as operations tempo, lack of research-based treatments, and highly complex health challenges.

Operators delay care an average of 13 years and 3 months for non-catastrophic injuries, leading to chronic pain and associated disorders.

In a 2018 MSOF survey, only 13% of SOF families believed resources met their family needs and a mere 18% felt capable of pursuing their own goals.

The current military healthcare system fails to take these factors into account, resulting in distrust and poor outcomes for service members and families.

We want to turn this downward spiral on its head, adding certainty to the journey for SOF families.


We believe America’s SpecOps Warriors and Families deserve care that:

Meets their specific needs.

Takes the whole person and family into account.

Is based on reliable evidence.


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The MSOF action loop starts with clinical and behavioral research to uncover knowledge gaps and identify best practices.


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We educate all stakeholders in the community, to include health providers, military leaders, family organizations, and other nonprofits to bridge barriers to effective care. 


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We connect servicemembers and families to high quality, practical resources at the right time and place for their needs.


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MSOF ensures feedback from the community is incorporated back into research and education, completing the loop.



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Bridging Barriers to Care for SOF

To overcome these barriers, the Military Special Operations Family Collaborative takes a three-pronged approach to strengthen SOF community well-being. We research, educate, and connect special operations units, service members, veterans, families, healthcare providers, researchers, military leaders, partnering organizations, and everyone in-between. 
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SOF Team Room: Legacy Beyond the Battlefield

Join this critical conversation on November 9th Following the the end of the War in Afghanistan & 20 years of the War on Terror, Special Operations Forces (SOF) service members, veterans, and spouses alike are struggling with the many sacrifices made over the past two decades. There is a critical need for honest conversation within the community, and MSOF…
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Healthcare for Those at the Edge of War

What Keeps Elite Military Service Members From Health Care They Need? Our elite warfighting community has a unique healthcare problem. They have access to the best of care – emergency care – on the battlefield and the worst of care – acute care – at home. You might be curious how this situation is even possible. How can you…
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The End of the War in Afghanistan

A Collective Reflection and a Call for Open Conversation from Members of the Special Operations Community It is challenging, maybe impossible, to find acceptable words to describe the thoughts, feelings, and reflections that have coursed through our mind – and heart – the past several weeks. We believe we are no different than anyone else…
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Was it Worth It?

A Veteran, Spouse, Mother and Health Expert’s Perspective following the end of the war in Afghanistan. As we watch the scene in Afghanistan unfold, this seems to be the question that we, as a Nation, are grappling with. More specifically, it is a question that I see so many of my brothers and sisters struggling…
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How to Erase Confusion About Real Food

In my conversations with people about good nutrition, I’ve heard a variety of interpretations of what it means to eat real food. Many people are uncertain about the best way to determine if food is real or not. For some food or food-like foods, it is obvious they aren’t real. What about foods that sound…
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