Jessica Lynch, Rescued Iraq Soldier, Wants to Become a Journalist

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By: E&P Staff

She hasn’t been heard from much in recent years — since the book “I Am a Soldier Too” based on her rescue in Iraq — but a West Virginia paper has scored an interview with Jessica Lynch. She told the Charleston (W. Va.) Daily Mail for an article today that she gets hate mail — and wants to become a journalist. The two do not appear to be related.

The press had hyped her 2003 rescue in Iraq, with most of the details proving to be wrong. She objects to the “Rambo” depictions and says she also could not sit through the made-for-TV movie.

“A lot of people hate me,” Lynch, 23, said in nearby Parkersburg. “In the beginning, people thought I didn’t deserve any attention or the book deal. I didn’t ask for any of that, anyway. After the book came out, I was hated by a lot.”

But she added: “People still want me to sign pictures, which is surprising. Four years later and you still want my autograph?”

She is presently a sophomore enrolled in West Virginia University. She majored in journalism until recently. “She said she became fascinated with the field after her experiences with the press following her rescue from Iraq,” the paper revealed.

When she transferred to the Parkersburg campus after becoming pregnant, she changed her major to education because that campus doesn’t offer journalism.

She still has a limp, due to nerve damage in her right foot. “She also had two spinal fractures and a shattered right arm when her Humvee crashed during a firefight in the Iraqi town of Nasiriyah on March 23, 2003,” the paper reports.

Lynch has a daughter, born two months ago, whose father is her live-in boyfriend.

Speaking about her rescue, she now says, “For them to use it as a Rambo story — it wasn’t the truth. I wanted people to know the real story, not what the government wanted people to believe. I didn’t want to take credit for anything I didn’t do.”

She also told the paper that the inaccuracies of the TV film were so bad she’s never sat through the entire movie.

Lynch declined to comment on the war, but said, “I still support the troops and hope they come home safe.” She expressed concern about how soldiers are treated when they come home. She was treated herself at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Speaking of how people regard her, she said, “It would be OK if they don’t know who I am or remember my name. I just want them to know that wasn’t me out there being a hero.”

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