While All Soldiers Are Heroes, For One Family, Heroism Means A Lot More

By: Lauri Martin
By: Lauri Martin

It’s home sweet home for a few hundred soldiers who are enjoying their first night on American soil. About 300 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment soldiers arrived home Sunday morning after a year's deployment in Iraq.

But for one family at the homecoming, life would not be the same without their hero; she means more than life itself. “Last March, we had the operation at the Mayo clinic. I had been on dialysis for 7 years,” Diane Brogger said. Her daughter, Specialist Danielle Carpenter, donated a kidney to her mom before her deployment. Now, one year after the transplant, you can only imagine what today is life for this family. "Just walking into the gym and seeing my mom up there, it’s amazing,” SPC Carpenter said.

Between hugs and kisses, this mother and daughter duo share more than just a special bond. They now share a piece of each other. “She gave me the gift of life,” Brogger said.

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