There is a lot of negativity in the news today, so it is also nice to be reminded good people exist in this world. Employees of a New York Lowe’s brought a Vietnam War veteran to tears with their simple act of kindness. On radio this morning, Glenn shared the heartwarming story.
Staten Island native Michael Solsona is a double amputee who lost his legs above the knee after stepping on a land mine in Vietnam. He was just 20-years-old at the time. Solsona depends on a wheelchair to get around, though he has had many problems with the equipment over the years.
According to WABC-TV, the veteran has been waiting for a new chair for “as long as he can remember.” He has repeatedly inquired with the VA about getting a spare wheelchair, but nothing has come of the requests.
During a recent shopping trip Lowe’s, Solsona’s wheelchair quite literally gave out. He and his wife planned on finding the proper tools in the store to fix the chair themselves. That is when three Lowe’s employees stepped in.
“They tore the wheelchair apart. They tried all different types of bolts,” Solsona told WABC. “I was thanking them and they said, ‘You’re not leaving here until the wheelchair is like new.’”
Solsona’s story has since gone viral, and he has received countless offers from individuals looking to provide him with a new wheelchair. Even better: Solsona says his current chair is more reliable now than ever.
“Is that not incredible,” Glenn asked. “If I had to buy nails or something today… I’d buy it at Lowe’s… Congratulations, Lowe’s… This is what Americans do. They see a problem, and they fix it. And the VA: Shame on you. Shame on you for doing this to our vets.”