Above: Employees of the nightshift at Lowe’s in Staten Island, New York – David, Marcus and Souleyman – get to work.
by Gina Cassini | Top Right News
Veteran Michael Sulsona had been waiting on a new wheelchair from the VA for years.
But as with so many vets suffering under scandalous conditions in the VA system, he got nowhere. His wheelchair was rickety and always seemed on the verge of collapse. Then one day it did exactly that– right when he was shopping in a Staten Island-area Lowe’s.
That’s when three strangers stepped right in to help him. Sulsona wrote this letter to the Staten Island Advance to share the story and express his gratitude.
In 1971, I stepped on a land mine in Vietnam and lost both legs above the knee.
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.
On the evening of July 7, my wheelchair fell apart again, while shopping at Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in on Forest Avenue in Mariners Harbor.
Three employees, David, Marcus, and Souleyman jumped to my assistance immediately. They placed me in another chair while they went to work.
They took the wheelchair apart and replaced the broken parts and told me, “We’re going to make this chair like new.”
I left 45 minutes after closing hours in my wheelchair that was like new.
I kept thanking them and all they could say was, “It was our honor.”
The actions of these three employees at Lowe’s showed me there are some who still believe in stepping to the plate.
They didn’t ask any questions, didn’t feel the need to fill out any forms or make phone calls. Someone needed help and they felt privileged to be given the opportunity.
We salute David, Marcus and Souleyman, and thank Michael Sulsona for his service and sacrifice.
This is a great story of the power of individuals to step in when the government fails. It should give us all hope and inspire us not to look to Washington for the answers — but right here at home.