Vet Reunited With the Armor That Saved His Life

Over five years after Bryan Wagner lost his leg from…

Over five years after Bryan Wagner lost his leg from an explosion in Baghdad, he has been presented with the armor that saved his life during a ceremony on Wednesday at the Wounded Warrior Project in Jacksonville.

“I’m not usually at a loss of words,” Wagner said as he examined the olive-green rectangular plate with a silver dollar-sized hole. “I’m usually very verbose. But to see something that saved your life.”

The explosion occurred outside Baghdad on Dec. 17, 2007 and a ball of copper hit him. Wagner’s leg was amputated, but it turns out he was actually lucky—recently Army officials informed Wagner that he was hit by a projectile capable of tearing through tanks. The armor stopped it, sparing his life.

Read more at Jacksonville.com.

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