The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is proud to welcome U.S. Marine (Ret) Mike Sulsona, a Vietnam veteran, to our team and to our T2T family!
Mike will be serving as an Ambassador to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. Through this role, Mike will be mentoring the service members within the Building for America’s Bravest program with their everyday struggles and challenges. We cannot think of a better person than Mike to fill this role.
Mike is a double amputee as a result of injuries sustained while serving our great nation in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. Mike was serving in the infantry when he stepped on a landmine, gravely injuring both of his legs. He has endured decades of life experiences with these injuries and therefore can talk to the service members injured in Iraq and Afghanistan and provide valuable advice, guidance, and mentorship.
“I will be available for them to talk to me which is easier for them to do because they can open up to me,” Mike said. “We can talk on the same level, since I have experience fighting the same fight.”
Service members will be able to call Mike twenty-four hours a day and ask any questions they may have. He will be there for them to provide advice in everything from career interests to assistance with their correspondence with the VA. Mike is a great role model to provide support to the service members. We are thrilled to have him as our Ambassador to continue our mission to support our military heroes long after we hand over the keys to their smart homes. He put it best when he says “the military is the backbone of the United States” – we could not agree more!
Mike’s life experiences will be integral to the Building for America’s Bravest program as well. Because he has lived so long with his injuries, who better than him to suggest additional smart technology for Building for America’s Bravest program’s smart homes?! The result will be that the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will be able to make the smart homes work even more efficiently for the service members and give them even more independence. We are always looking to learn more and improve on the things that we do to support our first responders and service members – Mike will play a huge role in helping us with this mission.
Mike is equally excited to be in a position where he can continue working with our injured service members, something he and his wife, Frieda, have been doing for years. He calls the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation an “open heart” when it comes to helping our service members and is proud to be part of the team. “We all went through the same thing; pain is pain,” Mike said. “What is good for the service members from today’s wars is what is good for me.”
One of Mike’s goals is to help our service members grow into better veterans and help them to take advantage of today’s technology. He says he wants today’s veterans “to come back and show the nation that their service still continues.” Mike certainly lives by this motto. His service to our nation did not end in Vietnam. He continues to dedicate his time to serving his fellow brothers-in-arms. We are so proud to be working with Mike.
Thank you, Mike, for your military service and the sacrifices you made for our country in Vietnam. Welcome Home! We are so lucky to have you as part of the T2T family, and thank you for giving your time to assist your fellow service members while still continuing your passion for playwriting. (Mike has had 30 plays produced since studying theater and writing plays in college after returning home from Vietnam.)
Here’s to many years of working together “to do good!”
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