‘You Made My Day’: Fmr Secretary of State Colin Powell Receives Hand From Afghanistan Vet After His Tire Blew Out

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell was impressed by a simple act of kindness by an Afghanistan veteran and shared his story on Facebook.

“Yesterday was a reassuring day for me. I was on my way to Walter Reed Military Hospital for an exam. As I drove along Interstate 495 my left front tire blew out,” said Powell. “I am a car guy and knew I could change it but it was cold outside and the lug bolts were very tight. I jacked the car up and got several of the bolts removed when a car suddenly pulled up in front of me.”

A stranger decided to help him, and Powell was impressed with the man’s life of service.

“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,” Powell said. “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.”

Yesterday was a reassuring day for me. I was on my way to Walter Reed Military Hospital for an exam. As I drove along…

Posted by General Colin L. Powell on Thursday, January 24, 2019

The good Samaritan reached out to Powell, saying that the former official was his inspiration during his 33 years of service. Powell ended by calling people to be kinder to each other.

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

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Phyllis Softa
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Thank you, Sydney, for this heartwarming story. Anthony is an inspiration to us all.

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