NEW YORK – It took more than two years, but the office of Veterans’ Affairs has finally come through with a new wheelchair for a Vietnam veteran from Staten Island.
The new wheelchair was delivered to Michael Sulsona as his home in Graniteville on Tuesday.
It came a week after Sulsona’s old wheelchair fell apart while he was shopping at the Lowe’s Home Improvement Center on Forest Avenue in Mariners Harbor, where three employees quickly jumped in to help.
“They placed me in another chair while they went to work,” Sulsona wrote 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.’”
Sulsona told 1010 WINS the workers went out of their way to fix his chair.
“They got the perfect bolt that fit right in the frame of the wheelchair, made sure it was well-balanced, had me roll around and when I thanked them, they said it was their honor,” Sulsona said.
Sulsona, who lost both his legs after stepping on a land mind in Vietnam in 1971, said he doesn’t want to blame the VA for not getting him a new wheelchair sooner.
“The VA’s got their own problems,” Sulsona said. “There’s a long line of people before us looking to rip them and they’re so overwhelmed for whatever reason.”