Ten years after 19-year-old Wirt County resident Pvt. Jessica Lynch was captured during the Iraq War and subsequently rescued, signs in Wirt County still proclaim it's her home.|
After her release, Lynch disallowed the government's account of her rescue, but she is still a hero to most West Virginians.
"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.
Lynch still suffers some disability from her capture, not complaining, although she still laments the death of her fellow soldiers.
Now a substitute teacher in Wirt County, Lynch still has a goal of someday being a full-time teacher. She is working on a Master's Degree.
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