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VA a no show; store workers fix vet’s wheelchair

Updated Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | 2:34 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — What the Veterans Administration failed to do for double amputee Michael Sulsona in two years, some New York hardware store workers delivered in an hour: They fixed his worn-out wheelchair.

The 62-year-old Vietnam veteran says he petitioned the VA for a new chair two years ago, but received no reply.

At a Lowe's home improvement store on Staten Island last week, a bolt on his wheelchair snapped. Lowe's employees stayed late after their 10 p.m. closing time to do the repair, for free.

After Sulsona wrote a letter to a local newspaper to thank store employees, the VA heard about him and sent him a brand-new wheelchair Tuesday.

VA spokesman Jim Blue acknowledged Wednesday that too many vets wait too long to receive health care benefits.