Former POW Jessica Lynch Does the Military Proud

Jessica Lynch
Jessica Lynch in 2003
It's unbelievable to me that we first met former POW Jessica Lynch almost 9 years ago. She was just 19 years old then, but she'd already seen the worst of combat. As an Army supply clerk in Iraq, she was captured and held for 9 days. 11 of her fellow soldiers died, and Jessica was severely injured.

It's heartbreaking that any 19-year-old would have to go through that kind of hell (though I know so many do). Lynch was only trying to earn money for college -- her dream was to become a school teacher.

Which is why it's so inspiring that this week, at 28 years old, Lynch will finally be getting her education degree.

 

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Especially because of all the criticism Lynch faced after her ordeal. The irony was, Lynch was already a hero -- but the government exaggerated her story to make her seem even more heroic. Through no fault of her own, she began to be perceived as a liar.

And she was just a kid trying to work her way through college.

What gets me is that even when the public turned against her, she defended them. In 2007 she addressed congress, saying: "The bottom line is the American people are capable of determining their own ideals of heroes and and they don't need to be told elaborate lies."

Even off the battlefield, she continued to fight for her country. If that's not the definition of a good soldier, I don't know what is.

I'm sure Lynch will continue to be a powerful influence on America in her new role as a teacher. She's already doing a great job as a mother to 5-year-old Dakota, named after a Native American friend killed in combat.

Do you think former POW Jessica Lynch will make a great teacher?

 

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