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Ex-POW Lynch Says Government Used Her

Source: USA Today (August 8, 2005 Pg. 9)

Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch, who was captured and rescued in the early days of the Iraq war, said in an interview released Sunday that the government had used her as an upbeat symbol in the conflict.

“I think I provided a way to boost everybody's confidence about the war,” Lynch, 22, told Time magazine. “I was used as a symbol. They could show the war was going great because ‘we rescued this person.'

“It doesn't bother me anymore. It used to,” she said.

Lynch has previously criticized the government portrayal of her capture on March 23, 2003, and her rescue nine days later.

She still uses a cane as she recovers from war injuries. She will attend West Virginia University in her home state. The state is paying the tuition.


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