Published: Jun 13, 2013 11:08 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - 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 (http://bit.ly/16hJbmI ) 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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Information from: The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

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