Medal of Honor Recipient Has Local Connection
A Mississippi marine has become the eighth living veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the Medal of Honor.
Kyle Carpenter is a Mississippi native, but he has a local connection. He has spent a lot of time with Montgomery-based "A Hero Foundation," which helps wounded veterans when they get back home.
Carpenter received the medal for courageous acts in service. In November 2011, while serving in Afghanistan, he threw himself on a grenade to protect a fellow marine.
Jody Thrasher with "A Hero Foundation" says he received serious injuries. "His right side of his body was essentially destroyed, blown apart. he had heavy damage to his face, he lost his eye, but he saved the life of his fellow marine," Thrasher said.
Thrasher has been hunting and fishing, and to sports games with the foundation. It's meant to give wounded warriors a network of emotional support.
"I think it's just important to remind them, hey we're here til the end, while they're back and help them through the healing process," said Thomas Crews, another board member.
While those who know him say Kyle Carpenter wants to be treated like everyone else, the Medal of Honor puts him on an elite list of only 79 living recipients in military history.
"He put his life on the line to save other fellow marines and I think he deserves it," Crews said.
His family says Carpenter's physical condition is improving, after a series of surgeries over the last several years. He is a full-time college student at the University of South carolina.