Former Navy SEAL Sr. Chief Mike Day made the first “real prayer” of his life in April of 2007. It was during a close-quarter exchange of gunfire between him and four al Qaeda terrorists. He was shot more than two dozen times. God listened.
Although his story took place more than 7 years ago in Iraq’s Anbar Province, it’s only now being heard.
Day’s body armor, designed to absorb but a single round before disintegrating, went above and beyond by taking multiple strikes at close range.
“They advertise that it can take one round, and then it falls apart to the point where they say that it’s not supposed to stop anymore projectiles,” Day told CBN News. “And this whole gunfight was inside of 10 feet.”
That’s just one part of the miracle. On the night of April 6, 2007, in Iraq’s Anbar Province, Day’s team of Navy SEALs and Iraqi scouts were on the hunt for a high-level al Qaeda cell.
Day said the terrorists had shot down two helicopters, killing everyone on board.
Being the first one to enter a 12×12 room where four al Qaeda leaders waited to strike proved to be almost deadly for Day.
“Upon entering that doorway, they all just opened up on me,” Day said. “It felt like somebody was just beating me up with sledge hammers.”
It was then that his thoughts turned to his wife and three daughters.
“After I’d figured out I was getting shot I said, ‘God, get me home to my girls.’ That was my first prayer to God, real prayer, and He answered it,” he added.
When the smoke cleared, the score was Day, four, and terrorists, zero. The SEAL accomplished his mission, but at a price. He took 27 bullets and was hit by grenade shrapnel to do it.
“People hear about my story and they can’t believe it. I was there and I can’t believe it,” Day said. “I got shot 27 times — 16 in the body and 11 times in my body armor. I was shot in both legs, both arms, my abdomen. You throw a finger on me, anything but my head, I got shot there.”
Seven years later, he’s still in constant pain, and suffers from both post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
Day now dedicates his life to assisting other wounded warriors for the Special Operations Command.
“My job is to improve their situation,” he told CBN. “Whether it’s make sure they get all their benefits, make sure they get the best medical care, I just advocate for them.”
Watch the video of his story below via CBN.