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.



September 11th

As my alarm went off this morning I woke with the same unsettling feeling as I do every September 11th. Getting out of bed took a little longer than usual as I reckoned with the internal struggle of enveloping myself into a full day of heart wrenching news and social media coverage for the anniversary of a day…..a few hours...



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