A U.S. Marine who lost his legs in Vietnam is grateful today, after he was surprised by a group of employees at a Lowe’s home improvement store who spontaneously did for him what the U.S. Veterans Administration has been refusing to do for years.
Michael Sulsona of Staten Island, New York, wrote a letter of appreciation to the Staten Island Advance, thanking three employees of the Lowe’s in Mariner’s Harbor, New York, for staying after hours, volunteering to repair his wheelchair when it broke down in their store.
“For the past two years, I have been waiting to receive a new wheelchair from the Veterans Administration,” Sulsona writes. “In addition, I have been told that I am not entitled to a spare.”
But when his wheelchair broke – again – on the evening of July 7, three Lowe’s employees Sulsona identifies as “David, Marcus and Souleyman” jumped to his assistance.
Sulsona explained they placed him in another chair while they went to work, taking the wheelchair apart and replacing the broken parts.
“We’re going to make this chair like new,” Sulsona says the employees insisted.
“I left 45 minutes after closing hours in my wheelchair that was like new,” Sulsona writes. “I kept thanking them, and all they could say was, ‘It was our honor.’”
Sulsona says the three men who helped him “showed me there are some who still believe in stepping to the plate.”
The Staten Island Advance reports since Sulsona’s letter was published, an outpouring of Facebook and other online comments have praised both Sulsona and the Lowe’s employees. At least two Staten Island residents have reportedly reached out to Sulsona with offers of a brand new wheelchair.
Sulsona has repeatedly deflected attention, however, insisting the focus should be on the three workers who came to his rescue and hoping that somehow the VA system that left him with a broken down wheelchair be “held accountable.”