Employees of the nightshift at Lowe’s in Mariners Harbor, David, Marcus and Souleyman, perform repairs to Michael Sulsona’s broken wheelchair, as he watches them work. (Courtesy of Michael Sulsona)
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on July 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM, updated July 11, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Great update: The VA, after hearing of this war hero’s story, gave him a brand new wheelchair!
The VA is protecting the taxpayer’s dollars. While they do spend lavishly on solar garages and bonuses for the unworthy, they do manage to save money by keeping new and extra wheelchairs out of the hands of paraplegic veterans.
However, there are wonderful people in this world to make up for the bureaucrats.
h/t Sua Sponte
This article brought to our attention by reader Sua Sponte, was written by a veteran, Michael Sulsona of Granitieville, a Vietnam veteran who lost both legs above the knee in 1971 when he stepped on a land mine.
The VA has kept him waiting for his new wheelchair for two years and they won’t give him a spare wheelchair either. This veteran who served his country honorably does not have legs, the wheelchair is his legs.
In his words:
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.
God bless David, Marcus and Souleyman, and of course Michael! I long for the day when I can say God bless the VA. I know Mr. Obama likes to say God bless Planned Parenthood, maybe he should concentrate on the VA instead.