Truth Frequency Radio
Jul 17, 2014

By Mark D. Stein, SI Live

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — There’s plenty of love out there for the three Lowe’s employees who assisted disabled Vietnam War veteran Michael Sulsona.

The help came after months of frustrating efforts to get the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to replace his dilapidated wheelchair.

The agency’s dysfunction, long wait-times and bureaucratic bungling have been in the national spotlight for months, so Sulsona is not alone.

Are you a veteran who has experienced problems in dealing with the VA?

If so, relate your experience in the comment section below.

WORKERS VIEWED EFFORT AS ‘AN HONOR’ commenters throughout the weekend saluted the trio of workers for helping Sulsona,whose wheelchair fell apart while the Graniteville man was shopping at the big box hardware store.

He wrote the Advance about his experience. The story appeared Friday on SILive:


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)

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.

When he thanked them, the response was: “It was an honor.”


By the end of the weekend, thousands of readers were discussing the story on social media platforms — notably Facebook, where the story was shared more than 125,000 times by Monday afternoon.

Readers happily applauded the noble effort within the comment section of the initial story.

They also thanked Sulsona for his military service.

  • Ed Ar: Mr. Sulsona, David, Marcus and Soulyman, Staten Island is lucky to have all of you. Thanks for sharing this important story.
  • lglyspkng: Mr. Sulsona, First, I want to thank you for your service and sacrifice to our Nation and extend a hearty “Welcome Home!”, something service members of your generation didn’t hear very often. I followed in the post-Vietnam/Cold War generation when the opinions of us warmed somewhat and now, service to our Nation is properly viewed as the honorable sacrifice it is.Kudos to Lowes and these fine employees who show true respect in giving what amounts to a small amount of time and effort to make your travels easier. I am sure they would humbly respond their actions were nothing and no thanks are necessary but by publicly thanking them, you have rightfully shown respect goes both ways and held them up as an example for those who still don’t quite understand that small acts of kindness can really change another person’s life.Semper Fi Mr. Sulsona, and again, thank you!
  • ajudeholbert: Mr. Sulsona, As an active duty Army soldier originally from Staten Island, thank you for your service. Lowes, thank you for YOUR service. You don’t come across too many people that are nice to service members or veterans these days. I hope the folks in this thread that have the resources to help this man out can contact him ASAP. Thank you for your generosity.

At least two Island residents have reached out to Sulsona with offers of new wheelchairs and others have offered financial assistance.

He was grateful, even personally responding to folks, but Sulsona wants “the VA held accountable,” and said the focus should be on the three workers’ who came to the rescue.

Sulsona was in the news two years ago when his custom 2005 Dodge Caravan was stolen. His van was outfitted with hand controls that gave him the independence of being able to drive. It was found by police and returned to him within a few days.

In regards to the latest incident involving Sulsona, some commenters took shots at the VA for failing to provide him with a new wheelchair quickly.

  • angelsrock: Thank you for your service Mr. Sulsona and I am sorry you are being treated so poorly by the VA. God Bless you and the Lowes employees who came to your aid. God Bless America!
  • Freedomaboveall: To Mr. Sulsona, thank you for your service to our country, it will not be forgotten! To the lowes employees, great work, there are still good people in this world, more than we think. As for the VA..Veterans Assassins…I mean Administration..really??. 2 years?  Your actions should be classified as criminal. I don’t know how you guys sleep at night!