Bryan Wagner, ex-soldier, gets armor that saved his life during Wounded Warrior Project ceremony

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.

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