A military veteran who lost both of his legs in Vietnam says several employees at a Lowe’s hardware store came to his rescue earlier this month when his old wheelchair broke down.
Michael Sulsona wrote in the Staten Island Advance that on the evening of July 7, his wheelchair “fell apart” while shopping.
The veteran, who lost his legs after stepping on a land mine in 1971, added that the Veterans Administration had failed to provide him a new wheelchair in the past couple years.
“For the past two years, I have been waiting to receive a new wheelchair from the Veterans Administration. In addition, I have been told that I am not entitled to a spare wheelchair,” he wrote.
Sulsona said that a few Lowe’s employees at the Mariners Harbor store acted with much more urgency.
“David, Marcus and Souleyman jumped to my assistance immediately. They placed me in another chair while they went to work,” he wrote.
“They took the wheelchair apart and replaced the broken parts and told me, ‘We’re going to make this chair like new,’” Sulsona added.
45 minutes later, the military veteran said he left the store in a “wheelchair that was like new.”
“I kept thanking them and all they could say was, ‘It was our honor.’”
Sulsona said their actions renewed his faith that “there are some who still believe in stepping up to the plate.”
“They didn’t ask any questions, didn’t feel the need to fill out any forms or make phone calls,” he wrote. “Someone needed help and they felt privileged to be given the opportunity.”
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