Man who lost leg in Afghanistan helps Colin Powell change flat tire

Man who lost leg in Afghanistan helps Colin Powell change flat tire

Man who lost leg in Afghanistan helps Colin Powell change flat tire

Powell wrote on Facebook he was en route to a medical appointment at Walter Reed Military Hospital on Wednesday when his front left tire blew out on the Capitol Beltway.

"I am a auto guy and knew I could change it but it was cold outside and the lug bolts were very tight", Powell writes.

Retired general Powell, 81, wrote: 'I jacked the vehicle up and got several of the bolts removed when a auto suddenly pulled up in front of me.

The two men worked together to finish the job and then took a quick selfie before rushing off to their respective Walter Reed appointments. At the bottom of his post, Powell included a message he received from the good samaritan after the fact.

"Gen. Powell, I hope I never forget today because I'll never forget reading your books", Maggert said. "You were always an inspiration, a leader and statesman", Maggert wrote, according to Powell. After 33 years in the military, they were the giant on whose shoulders we stood and the torch carried to the light the way and now it is the Generation of Tomorrow must do the same.

Powell seemed to appreciate the note, as he thanked Maggert and wrote that he'd "reminded me about what this country is all about and why it is so great". Then Powell, after sending an appeal to his countrymen: "Let us stop each other to yell at". Let's just take care of each other.

Powell said that this encounter not only made his day but was reassuring.

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Powell wrote on Facebook, "Thanks, Anthony". As I drove along...

Mr Maggert later wrote to Mr Powell to say he had been "an inspiration to him" all his life.

Powell noted that he didn't get the man's name, but later learned it was Anthony Maggert when Maggert messaged him. "I just wanted to make sure he was safe".

He said he had served 23 years in the military, and after retiring last year went to culinary school.

"It pretty much wasn't mine and I knew somebody was in a pretty bad shape at that point-was pretty upset so it was never any question about turning it in", Taverna said.

"I didn't care who it was, it was someone in need in a bad spot".

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