Former POW Jessica Lynch Finishing Teaching Degree

Wednesday, 14 Dec 2011 07:06 AM

 

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va.  — Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch joined the Army at 18 to earn money for college and become a teacher. Now the 28-year-old mom is completing her mission.

On Friday, she graduates from West Virginia University at Parkersburg.

The former Army supply clerk was held captive in Iraq in 2003. She was captured after her convoy took a wrong turn and came under attack in Nasiriyah.

Lynch was rescued, and videotape and exaggerated tales of a firefight made her famous.

Today she says she has a normal life as a non-traditional student. But she still gets recognized and does public appearances.

On Thursday, she'll finish student-teaching at the same Wirt County elementary school she attended.

Then, on legs that still pain her, she'll cross the stage and get her degree.

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