VA a no show; store workers fix vet's wheelchair
In this July 7, 2014 photo, Michael Sulsona, second from right, a Vietnam War veteran who lost both legs to a land mine 40 years ago, sits in a chair watching, as Lowe's employees repair his wheel chair in Staten Island, N.Y. Sulsona has been struggling with the Department of Veterans Affairs for the last two years in an attempt to get his worn-out ... (more)
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#1 Jul 18, 2014
The failure of the VA to act in this case borders on criminal neglect. This is a case where the veteran should be on a routine schedule to have his needs met instead of being ignored for years. It took a newspaper article that shamed the VA to obtain a new wheelchair. Knowing the VA, they were probably waiting for the Veterans legs to grow back. The VA should pick five people, at random, from the rehab department of this Medical Cneter and fire them. This type of problem would never occur again.
#2 Jul 18, 2014
This is horrible to read.
I know my experience with the VA and getting a wheelchair was denial.
I went in front of a committee board who asked me question after question while I was leaning on my walker. I explained that I could not walk well and the pain was intensified by the walking. I explained all my medical problems as related to my condition that I was asking the VA for a wheelchair to accommodate my quality of life, as it would not get better with my disease.
Medical records to back up my complaints.
History of operations that failed to help elevate the pain. I had metal put in and taken out. The history was intensive and then the results.
We do not see any paralysis.
No lack of quality in your recovery.
Therefore we are denying your request for an electric wheelchair.
I got a wheelchair through Medicare and still have it and use it faithfully. My bad days are composed of charging up this chair and taking it down to the beach where the waves keep me busy and the beauty of the day is the focus of the moment, not the horror of what the VA would and would not do for me.
I feel for this man but glad he did the right thing by exposure of how the VA treats its veterans! Well done!
#3 Jul 23, 2014
terrible story...but if somebody really needed a wheelchair that badly they should have bought one themselves without depending on a freebie from the VA.....common sense tells you that.
if you were having a heart attack, would you wait a month to get an appointment with the doctor or go to your nearest emergency room???
most knights of columbus's and public libraries have walkers and wheelchairs that are donated to them from families that lost loved ones....i would try there and not wait two years for somebody else to give me new one.....
kudo's to the guys at lowe's.....great job, i hope the company and community realize how special they are
#4 Jul 23, 2014
Those with limited income don't always have the money available to purchase a new wheelchair. The donated wheelchair is a great idea. There is probably some place in most communities that could help. Many service organizations have this type of information and some might even purchase one.
#5 Jul 23, 2014
Absolutely. My local Lowe's is not in as convient a location as another box store but this story has encouraged me to take a closer look at their ads and I've been in the store recently for the first time in several years. Can't guarantee I'll make a lot of purchases but, at least, I will consider them again.
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