Vietnam veteran Michael Sulsona had for years asked for a new wheelchair from the VA, only to have his claims denied. Then one evening his old chair broke down inside a Lowe’s. What happened next will make you proud to be an American.
Lowe’s Employees Sprung Into Action
By Michael Sulsona of Graniteville
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.”
Vietnam veterans didn’t get the respect that veterans of other eras have gotten, due to a shameless media feeding a culture of disdain for them. It’s good to know that in some places at least, the respect our society holds for veterans has returned.
Image: Award of Appreciation, Presented to Michael Sulsona, Squad Leader, “C” Co 1st Bn 1st Marines, S Vietnam 1970-1971 To My Hero And Best Friend, Savino A Corona, Pointman, A Co 1st Bn 5th Marines, Hill #34, S Vietnam 1970-1971 1999
When Veteran Needed Help, Lowe’s Employees Sprung Into Action