Fellow Marine Points to Medal Of Honor Recipient's VA Service
Friday, June 20
(Washington, DC) -- The latest Medal of Honor recipient is also a hero for his work on Capitol Hill. Retired Marine Corporal William "Kyle" Carpenter was honored Thursday for conspicuous gallantry in the war in Afghanistan. Retired Marine Staff Sergeant Jonny Jones is a friend of Carpenter's and says after years of recovering from his injuries, the Medal of Honor recipient volunteered for the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
During Thursday's ceremony, President Obama noted that Carpenter threw himself on a grenade to save a fellow soldier in a battle in southern Afghanistan. Carpenter sustained massive injuries from the 2010 battle and underwent dozens of surgeries. The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest award for valor in combat. Carpenter is the eighth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. The 24-year old Mississippi native is now a student at the University of South Carolina.