Former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell took to Facebook to share a roadside encounter he had with a military veteran and thanked him for helping him change his tire.
Powell shared in the post that he was on his way to Walter Reed Military Hospital when his left front tire blew out on the highway and he tried to change the tire, but the lug bolts were very tight. Just then a car pulled up and a man got out to help.
He writes, “As the man got out of his car I could see that he had an artificial leg. He said he recognized me and wanted to help me. We chatted and I learned that he lost his leg in Afghanistan when he worked over there as a civilian employee. He grabbed the lug wrench and finished the job as I put the tools away. Then we both hurriedly headed off to appointments at Walter Reed. I hadn’t gotten his name or address but he did ask for a “selfie”. And then he sent me the message below last night:
It read, “Gen. Powell, I hope I never forget today because I’ll never forget reading your books. You were always an inspiration, a leader and statesman. After 33 years in the military you were the giant whose shoulders we stood upon to carry the torch to light the way and now it is tomorrow’s generation that must do the same. Anthony Maggert.”
Yesterday was a reassuring day for me. I was on my way to Walter Reed Military Hospital for an exam. As I drove along…
Gen Powell thanked Anthony for this soul touching encounter and reminded everybody to always take care of each other and stop screaming at each other.