Disability Grant Money To Help Seizure Disabled Man Rebuild Country Store
by Robert Brammeier
(Woodstown, NJ, USA)
I'm a 26-year-old male with no kids or wife. I have no military or job history. I'm part Native American, Irish, English, Scottish and German.
I'm currently in college studying how to work for myself.
I'm also looking to become a firefighter/EMT, however those studies will be after I start my own business.
I suffer from seizures. My family and I still have no idea where in the family genes seizures started. For me they started at the age of 12.
Being different in any way can mess with the rest of your life, if you let it. I never let the fact that I have seizures slow me down or even change the way I look at life.
In 2005 I underwent three different brain operations to stop the seizures. In the first, the brain was cut down the center to a certain point. As well, a spot (1cm by 1cm) was removed.
The operations were done in January 2005. The 2nd operation was to remove infected bone and tissue before the infection reached the brain.
The 3rd and last operation removed another spot (1cm by 1cm) and replaced the missing bone between my brain and the outside world.
After the last operation, the doctors told my parents and me that there was not a whole lot more that they could do because my brain has more than one spot of seizure activity.
Since 2010 I have been seizure free; however, my doctor still has it in her file that I still have active seizures.
My financial hardship is that I have little to no money other than SSI, no car and no job.
I have some help from the state of NJ with college and my meds as well as any other form of help that I can get.
I have never held a real job, and until now I have never driven a car. I always had to rely on someone in the family or the county bussing service to go anywhere.
I have a working dog named Cyber. Other than being man's best friend, Cyber can tell me about 17 minutes before I'm about to have a seizure.
Cyber is with me 24/7 no matter where I go. Cyber is my 2nd seizure alert dog.
My 1st dog, Oreo had gone through high school with me as well as all of my operations. Although she never went into the OR, she was by my side just as Cyber does now.
I have made some attempts at getting a job, but no one wants to hire a guy with seizures and a dog.
I do receive SSI; however, I feel that I'm better than sitting around all day doing nothing.
Other than SSI, I receive food stamps, health insurance and assistance with my meds. That is all I receive for a monthly income.
What I'm looking for is as much help as I can get so that I start my own business in the backwoods of West Virginia by buying an old store/house and revamping it.
I'm looking to get as much as I can get. I need to buy the building, fix the store to the WV building codes along with passing the WV health codes, and then I need to buy start up stock.
Then I will need to move on to the apartment as well as the outside of the entire building, all as I'm running the store.
The main reason for the funding is to buy and reopen the general store/house in the small town of Levels WV.
I will most likely need to buy some new or rebuilt soda coolers, some shelves as well as updating most of the store.
I will also need to buy some start-up stock so that the store will hit the ground running and I will be able to expand my marketing as the store grows within the town.
One of the add-ons would be a deli. Another would be to have more things geared toward campers and hunters. The last thing I would do is rework and rebuild the outside of the store.