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Jessica Lynch: ‘Smile through the pain’

Former POW talks about the 10 years after her ordeal

March 31, 2013

PARKERSBURG — Former POW Jessica Lynch today may still look and sound a lot like she did as a 19-year-old U.S....

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Apr-01-13 9:06 AM

AMEN Disturbedagain! AMEN!

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Apr-01-13 8:58 AM

I love reading the comments from an article like this. I will give Ms. Lynch her due when it comes to signing up and serving her country but that is about as far as I can stretch it. I realize that the government pressured her to be the blond haired, blue eyed poster girl but that still does not detract her actions during the convoy.

Instead of attempting to repel the attack, she panicked and attempted to hide and pray. I agree with the praying but hiding? Trust me, when you have bullets flying at you, praying is not a bad thing but hiding when you have a brother in arms next to you and you do not return fire shows cowardice.

I don't necessarily blame her for following orders given to her following her return nor accepting the invitations thrown her way for the most part but how could she let down her comrades in arms during the firefight?

A hero, maybe, she deserves credit for her intentions to serve but not when the real facts are seen.

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Apr-01-13 8:51 AM

From today's Hur Herald (triplew hurherald dot the usual):

"I've tried to set the record straight as much as I can, and let people know there are heroes out there, and they deserve the attention and the credit. I've never said I was a hero, I've never taken credit for anything like that," Lynch said.

So what some people here have been posting in protest against Jessica Lynch -- is the same thing she herself has been saying.

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Apr-01-13 7:56 AM

People with true principles don't except money, cars, vacations, benefits and praise first and then tell the world they felt used later. And I'm not cutting her down. In fact she has set a shining example of how to cash in on a bad situation. I just wish that every vet that came back from Iraq had gotten a car, vacation, education and book deal. What does this say about our priorities?

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Apr-01-13 5:46 AM

Well said "RonInOhio" "marvin" and "bowlermom"

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Apr-01-13 3:09 AM

I was proud to buy Jessica's book for my father - a purple heart recipient from the Vietnam War. He had an article written about him in the Parkersburg News upon his return, but never received the recognition Jessica did. He respected her contribution as he did every other soldier. He flew a flag every day of his life, because he was an American soldier. There were many heroes associated with the convoy attack and her rescue. The greatest we will never hear about, because they are true heroes. Yeah Jessica may have been at the wrong place at the right time - but she was an American Soldier. Thank you for your contribution to my freedom.

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Mar-31-13 8:24 PM

A fine young lady and a veteran. If you don't have anything good to say keep your mouth shut.She layed her life on the line for America ,what did you do janeeyre1? What have YOU gave America?

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Mar-31-13 7:53 PM

I, on the other hand, think it’s all too easy to hide behind the anonymity of the internet and take shots at the people who make this country go and pretend you are an intellectual, which you are clearly not. Crawl out from behind your user name and tell everyone who you really are. I dare you! Show some courage like Jessica did. Jessica did not fill out an application to be recognized for her ordeal. Others did that to her. How she managed to stay grounded is beyond me. She achieved a degree and is giving something back to the community and all you can do is belittle her. I hope you can wake up tomorrow and try to be a little more decent as a human and learn from her example.

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Mar-31-13 7:42 PM

Jane, you went to college? Why do I find that hard to believe? They have this thing called a spell checker. It even checks context. (Look it up) Jessica went through a personal*****you will hopefully never experience. Can't you simply acknowledge that she was serving her country and suffered greatly? Jessica got some good deals for her suffering and service and I think that's great. Jessica didn't wander around asking for hand-outs. They were given to her and I think that's great too. I realize many veterans don't get those things and that's just the way things work. Try saying something nice before you begin your vicious and petty attacks. Your comments diminish you as a person and while Jessica may or may not be a hero in your eyes, she deserves your respect for the ordeal she went through. Jessica Lynch served her country to provide the rights you are now using to attack her and I’m guessing she would be the first to tell you that’s okay.

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Mar-31-13 4:21 PM

A lot of nonsense was published that eventually got sorted out. None of it the fault of the woman lying in an Iraqi hospital bed.

Let's not forget to give some credit to the hospital staff. They weren't holding her prisoner, they were looking for a chance to return her to the Americans.

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Mar-31-13 3:09 PM

Speaking from the viewpoint of someone who has been to Iraq, Jessica Lynch deserves our gratitude and admiration for the manner in which she has carried on with her life these past 10 years. She was not afraid to speak out against those politicians who tried to portray her actions, and the war in general, as something that it was not. Thank you,Jessie, for your service, strength and courage!

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Mar-31-13 2:42 PM

It is such a shame that anyone who has served our country is held critical by others. Jessica suffered during the service of our country. Some suffered more some less. Some died some did not. She did not. For God's sake why would anyone say hurtful things about anyone who served "Our Country"? My daughter is a Marine. I Pray she Prays in battle. God works! I would not want my little girl to go through anything that Jessica had to go through. Lay off, she has suffered already. Jessica, Thank You and all the others that gave for us. We will never know or have to live with what she did. And janeeyre1 you need lots of help! You are sick.

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Mar-31-13 2:21 PM

As a Senior Non Commissioned Officer and an Iraq War Vet, i can only say this; yes her experience has been over played because she was all our great state talked about when it was over! What about the great warriors thgave their lives in that convoy attack!!! If jessica was of that much importance why then didnt she even get one shot off to helo

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Mar-31-13 1:40 PM

long not log

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Mar-31-13 1:39 PM

as log as J.L. makes her personal life public, anyone has the right to critisize.

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Mar-31-13 12:44 PM

People like "janeeyre1" is the same kind of people the Vietnam veterans had to deal with, when they came back home, years ago. You ought to be ashamed of yourself "janeeyre1"! But we know you're not, your kind never are!!!

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Mar-31-13 12:28 PM

Well said "spidercats2"

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Mar-31-13 10:20 AM

And finally after bouncing around from school to schol-changing majors and waisting thousands of tax payers dollars she graduates from WVU-P and gives the graduation address? That is a prestigious position that is supposed to bereserved for the class validictorian-which was not Jessica Lynch1

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Mar-31-13 10:15 AM

I went to college with many veterans who had a very different opinion about Jessica Lynch. While many who came back from service disabled had to fight and beg for every penny they they got-Jessica Lynch was showered with money, attention and praise for actions that would have gotten a male soldier court marshalled. Dropping to you knees and praying during an attack? Please! If she weren't blond and pretty this never would have happened. She was used as the War Poster Girl and she milked it for all it was worth. However after she got her million dollar book deal-then she criticised the Bush Administration for "using her?" Then she got a no strings college education-while other vets are still fighting for theres? The only good example she sets is how to take advantage of a bad situation. And now she's and unwed mother? What a great example!

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Mar-31-13 7:53 AM

Thank you Jessica. All your fellow Veterans our proud of you

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Mar-31-13 6:21 AM

Same here,Thank You Jessica

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Mar-31-13 5:45 AM

I want to say thank you Jessica for your service and sacrifice to Us and our Country.

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