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Mark Webb/The Herald-Dispatch

Jessica Lynch, the West Virginia prisoner of war who was rescued in April 2003 after being held captive in Iraq, collects stuffed animals for Jessi's Pals, a program she launched for patients at WVU Children's Hospital during a book signing session at Empire Books and News prior to the start of the Heiner's Summer Concert Series on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009, at Pullman Square.

Gallery: Jessica Lynch through the years

Apr. 01, 2013 @ 12:01 AM

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.

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