|Fraternity raising college funds for soldier’s son
|Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11:43 am
A scholarship fund has been created by the national Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity in memory of their fallen “brother.”
Sgt. Israel “Izzy” O’Bryan
The fund is designed to benefit fallen soldier Israel O’Bryan’s young son when he begins his college education.
According to a press release issued by the fraternity’s educational foundation, the Fallen Brothers Scholarship Fund has been set up by the foundation and is sponsored by SigEp Vets.
SigEp Vets is a network of Sigma Phi Epsilon brothers that have served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.
O’Bryan of Newbern was killed when a vehicle-borne IED struck his vehicle on Friday, June 11 while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The 24-year-old is a SigEp alum and served with the fraternity while he was a student from Fall 2004 until Spring 2006 at the University of Tennessee at Martin. This was Sgt. O’Bryan’s second deployment to Iraq.
All donations made to the scholarship fund will be held in trust for his son’s college education.
Checks can be made to “The Fallen Brothers Scholarship in Memory of Israel O’Bryan,” and mailed to Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 1901, Richmond, Va. 23218-1901.
Donations are also being accepted online for the scholarship fund at www.SigEpFoundation.org. The educational foundation is a non-profit organization.
O’Bryan’s enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 2006. His first deployment to Iraq was in 2007. His decorations include the Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Iraqi Campaign Medal.