Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, 24, received the Medal of Honor at the White House on Thursday, making him the eighth living recipient to receive the award for serving in Afghanistan or Iraq. Carpenter, originally from Mississippi, jumped on a live grenade to save the life of his friend during a 2010 encounter with the Taliban. Both men were wounded, but Carpenter got the worst of it. He lost an eye, shattered his jaw and teeth, had a lung collapse, and his eardrums blew out. He was medically retired from the military last year after two and a half years in recovery, and is now studying at the University of South Carolina. “Going from toting a machine gun in Afghanistan … to using a bed pan, and I can’t even put my own socks on—that was hard to kind of suck it up,” Carpenter said on the Marine Corps website.
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