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He Saved My Life: Veteran Recalls Serving Under Rep. West in Powerful New Ad


"Col. West gave me his body armor. Because of that, I’m here today."

Allen West For Congress released on Wednesday a powerful new ad featuring former U.S. Army Sergeant Robert Delgado.

The video, titled “Body Armor,” begins with the veteran recalling his deployment to Iraq.

“When we got our orders to go to Iraq, my wife was eight months pregnant,” he says, “so it was a little nerve-wracking not knowing, you know, ‘will I get to see my unborn child?’”

“My commander was Lt. Col. Allen West and he said, ‘I’m going to make sure you come home to your wife your newborn baby,” Sgt. Delgado adds. “Before we went into Iraq, he gave me his body armor."

The Iraq veteran then recalls a moment where, while driving through the streets of Iraq, his unit came under fire. He was shot by an AK-47 but, because of the body armor given to him by Lt. Col. West, the bullet didn’t penetrate his lung.

“Lt. Col. Allen West saved my life,” a grateful Delgado says. “Col. West gave me his body armor. Because of that, I’m here today.”

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