Wounded Warrior Gets Back a Piece of Armor that Saved His Life  
by Kathryn Jeffries
July 2
Bookmark and Share
A local veteran has something very special to add to the mantle in his home. A piece of body armor that saved his life during an IED attack in Iraq in 2007, day he calls his "Alive Day".

"It is the day you should have died, but you didn't," Wagner said.

When the truck he was in was blown up by an IED, he lost part of his right leg, but not his life. He jokes now that at the time he didn't even want to wear the vest because of the added weight of the equipment.

"It was right here (motioning to his side) and really heavy, but holey moley I am really glad I was wearing that now," Wagner said.

Almost 6 years later, Wagner is getting back the plate that saved his life.

For Command Sgt. Major Emmett Maunakea with the Program Executive Office Soldier, the U.S. Army organization that develops body armor, this is a proud moment. The countless hours of work designing the body armor is keeping soldiers like Wagner alive.

"Just the simple fact that we ended up with a piece of equipment that over matched an enemy's caballity and that is really the most important part," Maunakea said.

With him will be the piece of armor that saved his life, now forged into a testament of his strength to survive.

Do you have an inspirational story that you would like to share with the YourCause.com team? Write us at info@yourcause.com.

Source Information:


Related Charities:
The content published and opinions expressed at YourCause.com does not necessarily represent a statement or position by any employee of YourCause, LLC. All content is intended to inform and educate readers on a variety of events, deemed newsworthy, taking place throughout our world.