‘You touched my soul’: Afghanistan Vet Stopped to Help Colin Powell Change Flat Tire

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There hasn’t been much recent political news that warms the heart. Here’s one. A vet who lost his leg in the war in Afghanistan stopped to help a man change a flat tire. The man, as it turned out, was former Secretary of State Colin Powell. The gesture has since gone viral and is shows the best of what America stands for.

Powell might not have needed help with the tire, but he got it anyhow.  Anthony Maggert was driving on I-495 and spotted Powell, who is 81, struggling a bit. Powell, who called himself a “car guy,” noted that “it was cold outside and the lug bolts were very tight.”

Powell was on his way to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center when he got the flat.

“I jacked the car up and got several of the bolts removed when a car suddenly pulled up in front of me. As the man got out of his car I could see that he had an artificial leg,” Powell posted on Facebook.

“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.”

Maggert didn’t identify himself at the time. After Powell posted about the incident, Maggert reached out to him, calling Powell “an inspiration, a leader and statesman.”

“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.”

“Thanks, Anthony,” Powell responded. “You touched my soul and reminded me about what this country is all about and why it is so great. Let’s stop screaming at each other. Let’s just take care of each other. You made my day.”

Maggert posted a selfie later that had this caption: “When General Colin Powell has a flat and he only has a one legged guy to help fix the flat on I-495.”