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Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation
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Our Story

The Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) Memorial Foundation was formed in 2015 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation by a small group of like-minded veterans, military spouses, and supportive Americans to honor the service and sacrifice of all individuals – both uniformed and non-uniformed – who have contributed to global counterterrorism efforts since September 11th, 2001. A distinguished Board of Directors comprised of individuals from military and non-military backgrounds leads the Foundation, with former President George W. Bush serving as the Foundation’s Honorary Chairman. Michael “Rod” Rodriguez, a former U.S. Army Green Beret who deployed ten times, is the Foundation’s President and CEO.

“It’s about telling the American people about those that are willing to give the ultimate sacrifice.”

Our Vision and Mission

In 2017, Congress designated the Foundation as the entity authorized to plan, fund, and build a Memorial. Our vision for the Memorial is for it to be an inclusive, reverent, and apolitical place of honor for all who have served and sacrificed in the ongoing Global War on Terrorism, as well as the countless civilians, family members, and others who have supported them. The Memorial will:

Honor: Salute all who served in this conflict: service members, civilians, and their families.

Heal: Provide a focal point for healing and reflection on a complex, multigenerational conflict.

Empower: Engage and educate civilian and military communities to build mutual understanding.

Unite: Foster and sustain the sense of patriotism that brought all Americans together in the wake of 9/11, and catalyze support for those continuing to serve.

Our Progress

In December 2021, thanks to broad bipartisan support from allies in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, Congress authorized the construction of the Memorial specifically within the Reserve portion of the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This legislative victory reflects a broad consensus that the National Mall – the site of America’s other war memorials – is the only fitting place to commemorate America’s longest war and honor the heroes who have waged it. In January 2022, Student Veterans of America awarded the Foundation its first-ever Bob Dole Continued Service Award.

Our Team

The Foundation was formed in 2015 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation by a small group of like-minded veterans, military spouses, and supportive Americans to honor the service and sacrifice of all who served in the Global War on Terrorism.