The Remarkable Recovery Of A Medal Of Honor Recipient Who Jumped On A Grenade In Afghanistan

Retired Marine Cpl. Kyle Carpenter is set to receive the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for bravery, on June 19. Carpenter will be the third Marine to be awarded the medal since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Carpenter, now 24-years-old, will be recognized for covering a grenade with his body to save the life of a fellow marine in 2000, when he was a 21-year-old lance corporal. Both Carpenter and the soldier, his friend Lance Cpl. Nicholas Eufazio, were badly wounded in the blast. They both survived.

Since 2010, Carpenter has embarked on a remarkable recovery. Carpenter was labeled as patient expired on arrival when he first arrived at a hospital after the blast. Three and a half years later, Carpenter insists that he is just getting started with his recovery. Already, he has gone on to run marathons and skydive. Advertisement

As Carpenter told the Marine Corps Times in March, "I'm still here and kicking and, you know, I have all my limbs so you'll never hear me complain."