Pfc. Jessica Lynch, orginally from Wirt County, W.Va., was rescued from Iraqi capture on April 1, 2003. Lynch gained national attention after her rescue and is now a teacher, student and motivational speaker.
The Herald-Dispatch file photo
Former POW Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, left, smiles to well-wishers during a motorcade in her honor on Tuesday, July 22, 2003, in Elizabeth, W.Va. Along with Lynch is her brother Greg Lynch Jr., seated along with her, her boyfriend, Sgt. Rueben Contreras, seated at her feet and her sister Brandi Lynch. Lynch, of the 507th Maintenance Company, returned home after an extended stay in the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. where she was recovering from injuries sustained while serving in Iraq.