ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- Brandon Frederick has dreamed of being a United States Marine since he was four years old, but a medical complication put that dream on indefinite hold this year.
Frederick’s eyesight is the issue -- according to a letter sent from the United States Department of the Navy, it doesn’t meet established physical standards for military service.
“I would become a liability in the battlefield if I ever did happen to lose my glasses,” he said.
His only hope to make his dream a reality is to get lasik surgery to correct his vision, but that operation comes with a steep price tag. Even with his insurance helping out, he and his family will be on the hook for $3,600.
“Brandon unfortunately needs the most extensive (treatment) because of how bad his vision is,” said his mother, Rose Frederick. “I wish I could just swipe a card, write a check or hand him the cash. Unfortunately, it’s just not feasible for me to do.”