JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - More than five years after he lost a leg in Baghdad, former soldier Bryan Wagner received the armor that saved his life.
Wagner was given the inches-thick armor during a ceremony on Wednesday at the Wounded Warrior Project in Jacksonville, where he is now an assistant dean.
The Florida Times-Union reports the bomb that injured Wagner exploded outside Baghdad on Dec. 17, 2007.
He was 21 at the time.
His leg was amputated but Wagner only recently learned that a projectile capable of tearing through tanks, hit his side.
The armor stopped it, sparing his life.
Wagner was at a loss for words when he received a plaque holding the olive-green rectangular plate with a silver-dollar-sized hole.
Next to it is the shrapnel that tore into the armor.