Obama to present Medal of Honor to Marine veteran injured by grenade in Afghanistan

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This photo taken May 13, 2014 shows Medically retired Marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter speaking to media at the Pentagon. On June 19, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Carpenter the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will present the medal of honor next month to an Afghanistan war veteran severely injured by a grenade blast.

Retired Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter is the eighth living recipient to be chosen for the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. Obama plans to give Carpenter his medal during a White House ceremony June 19.

Carpenter was wounded in November 2010 while on guard in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. He lost his right eye, among other injuries, and was medically retired last summer due to his wounds.

Carpenter is a native of Flowood, Mississippi, and now is a student at the University of South Carolina.

So far in his presidency, Obama has presented the medal of honor to 39 members of the armed services.

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