Kyle Carpenter

This is my story.

My ``Alive Day``

I was a typical kid growing up in the Southeast during the 1990s and early 2000s. I liked to ride bikes, rollerblade and just generally do the things that kids do to drive their parents crazy. But, during my junior year of high school, I went on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. That was when I saw what little these people had for themselves. I grew up a little on that trip and realized that I wanted to be different – that I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself.

I found that something in the United States Marine Corps. And while October 19, 1989 is my birthday, it was November 21, 2010 that became my “Alive Day.”

Kyle Carpenter

The Beautiful Burden

I am so thankful for the platform being a recipient has given me. I am able to connect with those who are struggling physically, mentally and emotionally. I am able to find comfort in the fact that my story and the stories of those who fought beside me will never be forgotten.



A birthday, a grenade and a chicken

Our patrol froze mid-step as the dreaded sound of a M-203 echoed through the woods around us. A grenade launcher attached to the bottom of a rifle, the M-203 has a very distinct thump sound, always followed by anxious silence as we wait to see where the impact hits. Immediately, our squad leader radioed the rest of our squad to…



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