Lowe's Workers Fix Vet's Wheelchair (After VA Wouldn't)
It broke down in store, and 3 employees stayed late to repair
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2014 6:27 PM CDT

(Newser) – A public thank-you by a Vietnam vet to three workers at Lowe's is providing yet more ammo for critics of the VA. As he explains in a letter to the Staten Island Advance, Michael Sulsona lost both his legs to a landmine during the war. He'd been trying to get a new wheelchair from the VA for the last two years without success, and it finally broke down on him during a trip to the hardware store. Three employees came to his assistance, remaining after the store closed to make sure his chair got fixed. "I kept thanking them and all they could say was, 'It was our honor," writes Sulsona.

"They didn't ask any questions, didn't feel the need to fill out any forms or make phone calls," he adds. "Someone needed help and they felt privileged to be given the opportunity." After the story got picked up by BuzzFeed and others, the VA got wind of it, and, voila, delivered a brand-new wheelchair to Sulsona's house. Referring to the VA, Sulsona tells the Advance, "I'd hate to cheapen what these guys did, but isn't that their job? I should have had the chair I was entitled to, but because of red tape, I never got a chair until now."

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Jul 21, 2014 8:37 AM CDT
I'm glad he got some help. Truly. Nice of them to help him out. However, this is just a coincidence. But yesterday (Sunday) I was at my local Lowe's. When I cam eout I saw this dog in a truck. The windows were rolled up. The truck was not on. I stood listening for the engine noise. Heard none. I sat in my car next to the truck for a few minutes to see if the owner would show up. No they didn't. I drove around the truck to just make sure again that the windows were rolled up and the engine was not on. They were rolled up and again I heard no engine running. So I called the store. I used the number on the receipt from my purchase a few minutes ago. Asked for the manager. Rang with no answer. I hung up and called the local non-emergency number. It rang ironically with no answer. Called back to Lowe's to speak to the manager. FInally got some guy and he said that he couldn't do anything. I said you can't page the owner? He said no that he was not "allowed" to do anything. So I called the local non-emergency police back. They finally answered. They were going to dispatch someone they said. I just left as I didn't want to hang around and watch some dog suffocate.
Jul 20, 2014 8:12 AM CDT
Thank You, Lowe's workers, another reason why you will always have my business,
John Wright
Jul 18, 2014 10:14 AM CDT
I would like to thank the vet for his services and for my freedom and would like to buy the guys at lowes a beer, keep up the good work guys. If our govt is not going to help our HEROS we will have to do it for them.