first published on August 5, 2016 by Will
Marine Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter dove on a Taliban grenade to save a fellow Marine’s life while deployed to the Marjah district of Helmand province in 2010. His heroic actions did save his brother and earned him the Medal of Honor. However, the blast sent shrapnel ripping completely through his skull, ripping out his eye. It severed major arteries, shattered his right arm, and also collapsed a lung.
His family, fellow Marines, and his doctors had doubts as to wether he would make it or not, and even if he did… what kind of life would he have? Yet, Kyle Carpenter persevered and now holds life by the balls.
The War Horse, a nonprofit investigative news outlet with a focus on our wars and the veterans that fought them, has put together an excellent feature and accompanying video that shows Carpenter’s recovery with never before seen video and photographs. That story will be dropping soon, so until then, here’s the teaser-trailer video for the project: