When the right thing to do is so very obvious, it’s sometimes impossible to ignore it. And yet, some people still get caught up in “the system” and end up paying an unthinkable price for it because someone along the line knew what the right thing to do was…but refused to do it. Instead, they decided to cut corners and get away with horrible things because, “it’s policy.” For this Vietnam veteran, “policy” left him stranded in a store. The worst part? He had lost both legs in the war, and it was the VA that was refusing to help him.
In 1971, I stepped on a land mine in Vietnam and lost both legs above the knee.
For the past two years, I have been waiting to receive a new wheelchair from the Veterans Administration. In addition, I have been told that I am not entitled to a spare wheelchair.
On the evening of July 7, my wheelchair fell apart again, while shopping at Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in on Forest Avenue in Mariners Harbor.
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.
I kept thanking them and all they could say was, ‘It was our honor.’
The actions of these three employees at Lowe’s showed me there are some who still believe in stepping to the plate.
They didn’t ask any questions, didn’t feel the need to fill out any forms or make phone calls. Someone needed help and they felt privileged to be given the opportunity.”
These employees didn’t have permission to keep the store open after hours. They didn’t have authorization to use company parts to repair his wheelchair. They didn’t stop to ask if it was alright with anyone, either. They saw a veteran in need. They saw his dilapidated wheelchair. They knew he couldn’t make it home without assistance.
They didn’t care about getting in trouble, they only cared about helping. And THAT is why this story is going VIRAL!
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