US veteran thankful after Lowe’s employees repair broken wheelchair

An amputee U.S. veteran is thanking three employees at a New York home improvement and appliance store after the men repaired his broken wheelchair. Screengrab

TORONTO – A U.S. veteran with a physical disability is thanking three employees of a New York home improvement store for fixing his broken wheelchair.

Michael Sulsona said his wheelchair fell apart earlier this month while he was shopping at the Lowe’s Home Improvements in Mariner’s Harbor, NY.

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Sulsona, who lost both legs above the knees after stepping on a land mine in Vietnam in 1971, said he wanted to give thanks to the men and the company that jumped to his assistance.

Sulsona said when his wheelchair broke, the three employees immediately went to help.

“They placed me in another chair while they went to work,” he said in a letter to the Staten Island Advance“They took the wheelchair apart and replaced the broken parts and told me, ‘We’re going to make this chair like new.’

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“I left 45 minutes after closing hours in my wheelchair that was like new.”

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Sulsona said it was the actions of the employees that showed him “there are some who still believe in stepping to the plate.”

He added: “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.”

Sulsona said he has been waiting two years for a new wheelchair from the Veterans Administration and has been told “that I am not entitled to a spare wheelchair.”

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