Young Veteran

He Dived On A Grenade To Save His Comrades, His Story Gave Me Goosebumps.

There are thousands of stories just like Kyle Carpenter’s: A young soldier gets deployed to a war zone, only to arrive back in the states after he’s suffered some kind of horrific injury. It’s tragic, and difficult to accept for everyone.

But Kyle Carpenter isn’t just a regular soldier, and his tragedy sits apart from the rest. He survived something that most of us wouldn’t, and after he did, he managed to maintain a positive outlook on his new life. Read more of his story below, and prepare to be inspired.

William Kyle Carpenter was 19 years old when he enlisted in the Marine Corps.

At age 21, he was deployed to Afghanistan.

At age 21, he was deployed to Afghanistan.

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On November 21st of that year, Carpenter threw himself onto a live grenade to protect the life of his fellow soldier.

The explosion left him with shattered facial bones, a missing right eye, extensive damage to his right arm, a depressed skull fracture, and a collapsed right lung.

The explosion left him with shattered facial bones, a missing right eye, extensive damage to his right arm, a depressed skull fracture, and a collapsed right lung.

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Carpenter was given a Purple Heart Medal for his bravery.

Carpenter also became the eighth living recipient of the Medal of Honor presented to him at the White House by President Obama. The medal is for those who go above and beyond the call of duty, and show incredible bravery.

Two-and-a-half years in the hospital, 40 surgeries later, and two medals later, Kyle Carpenter got a second chance at life.

After the initial recovery, Carpenter had to figure out how to go on living his life.

After the initial recovery, Carpenter had to figure out how to go on living his life.

“My body was torn apart by an enemy hand grenade,” he said in an interview. “Upon arriving at Camp Bastion, I was labeled P.E.A. — patient expired on arrival. I flat-lined at Walter Reed. The enemy killed me. I came back.”

Now, Carpenter says he’s got big plans.

In addition to being invited as an honorary guest to special events around the country, Carpenter has been doing his best to advocate for his fellow soldiers.

So far, he’s run marathons in honor of his fellow veterans.

His advocacy is meant to raise awareness of the issues facing vets and their families.

He’s also set out to become a motivational speaker.

And of course, he’s got to have a bit of fun, too.