Army Sniper Association
The SSG Eric Caban Fallen Sniper Fund
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In Memory of SSG Eric Caban

VISION

The vision of the SSG Eric Caban Fallen Sniper Fund (FSF) is to raise public awareness and enlist aid for the needs of the families of snipers that have been severely injured or killed in action, to help severely injured service members to aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, programs and services to meet their needs.

The SSG Eric Caban Fallen Sniper Fund supported by the Army Sniper Association is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)(3) organization, created to provide a meaningful way for individuals, corporations and others to help our snipers severely wounded and disabled in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and all future conflicts.


The Fallen Sniper place setting
There are numerous military service organizations that provide services to active duty service members and their families, and veteran service organizations that provide services and opportunities for fraternal interaction to veterans upon their discharge from service. However, there is no organization that devotes their resources to assisting the severely wounded snipers and the families of snipers who have been killed in action during this critical period. The Army Sniper Association fills this vital, unmet need, bringing comfort, support, and aid to severely injured snipers and their families during this challenging time in their lives.

Our goal is to not only support these Silent Warriors and their families, but to also honor them with a memorial. The Army Sniper Association through the SSG Eric Caban Fallen Sniper Fund will work to establish a memorial at the National Infantry Museum.

MISSION

Our mission is to provide support to the families of snipers who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations.

ABOUT THE ARMY SNIPER ASSOCIATION

Founded in 2000 as a non-partisan 501(c) (3) organization, the Army Sniper Association is partnering with corporate sponsors, individual contributors, and volunteers to provide an easy and meaningful way for individuals and corporations to help these veterans and their families rebuild their lives.

The Army Sniper Association is a nonprofit organization, formed by snipers, for snipers. The mission of the Army Sniper Association is to develop a climate of camaraderie among snipers past and present, to foster the concept of the sniper within the active military, to insure and strengthen relationships within the active military, and to always conduct ourselves as professionals.

The Army Sniper Association a community, brought together by the knowledge of the sciences and the appreciation of the art involved in being a sniper. Our members consist of doctors, lawyers, police officers, as well as past and present member of our Armed Forces.

Nineteen years after the Army tasked Company D, 2nd Battalion 29th Infantry Regiment to create the Army’s first official sniper school, the Army has employed these Silent Warriors throughout the world to include Panama, Iraq and Afghanistan. They have been an invaluable weapon for the battlefield commander. Deep in tradition, the sniper has always been the silent servant.

There is no glamour in being a sniper. If they do their job right, few people will even know that they were there. There certainly is no fame or fortune. For the sniper, there is sweat, dirt, and blood. That, and the satisfaction of doing a difficult job well.

You can help by means of direct tax-deductible donations, participating in programs that raise money, giving your time, as well as corporate sponsorships. One hundred percent of all money contributed will go directly to SSG Eric Caban Fallen Sniper Fund.

This money will be used to assist wounded snipers and their families and the families of snipers killed in action. A portion of each donation will also be used to build a Silent Warrior Memorial. The Army Sniper Association will verify our eligibility requirements with the Department of Defense, incidences of fraud are rare to non-existent. Thank you for your support and dedication to the community of Silent Warriors!

STAFF SGT. ERIC CABAN

Staff Sgt. Eric Caban was born on March 28, 1978 in Manhattan, N.Y. He joined the Army in September 1997. After attending Infantry training at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment where he served as a sniper platoon member and team leader. In October 2001, he deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and participated in a combat jump to overtake Kandahar Airfield. He then left active duty to attend college in February 2002.

Due to his patriotism and undeniable calling to serve, Eric returned to active duty in September 2003 and was assigned as a US Army Sniper Instructor. SSG Caban began making immediate contributions to the Sniper School with his combat experience, work ethic and personal care in what he was representing. He shared his vast knowledge of sniper employment and operations with his students as well as the cadre of the Sniper School.


In December 2004, he attended the Special Forces Qualification Course and graduated in March 2006 as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant. He was subsequently assigned to Company B, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N. C.

Eric was a graduate of the Special Forces Engineer Course, Sniper School, the Special Operations Interdiction Course, the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Course, the U.S. Army Ranger School, the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course, the Primary Leadership Development Course, and Airborne School.

His military awards and decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, three Army Achievement Medals, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge with a Service Bronze Star. He has been posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal for valor, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

SSG Caban was killed in combat on July 18, 2006 in the Southern region of Afghanistan when his reconnaissance patrol was engaged by small arms fire during an enemy ambush. SSG Caban is survived by his father Efren and mother Iris, and his brothers Efren Caban Jr. and Edwin Caban.

Army Sniper Assn. Board members present the family of SSG Eric Caban with the Silent Bronze Statue in Eric’s memory.

GOALS
  • To help alleviate some of the financial burden placed on the family so that their focus can be on their loved one’s recovery.
  • SSG Eric Caban Fallen Sniper Fund will provide assistance to:
    • Snipers wounded in combat
    • Families of snipers wounded or killed in combat
  • Help defray the expenses incurred during hospitalization, rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Help the children of snipers killed in action by starting a college assistance fund.
  • To have a Sniper memorial built at the future National Infantry Museum.
ASSOCIATION OVERSIGHT
  1. Upon application to our organization, and on verification of a death certificate, emergency financial assistance will be provided to families of snipers killed in an action performed under the umbrella of Operation Enduring Freedom or any other hostile action in a foreign country.
  2. The monetary assistance will not be a loan. The assistance will be in the form of a cash grant to those who qualify to the criteria in our policy.
  3. There will be first time cash awards to K.I.A. widows, and in the future, as our available funds grow, there will be additional cash added to the original awards.
  4. The board will also consider emergency appeals and hardship cases such as, but not limited to, a K.I.A. widow with a significant number of dependent children.