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Wednesday, August 27

Former POW receives honorable discharge

By The (Huntington, W.Va.) Herald-Dispatch

Pfc. Jessica Lynch received an honorable discharge from the U.S. military last week while she visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center for a checkup, her attorney said Wednesday.

The injuries suffered by the former POW would have made it impossible for her to return to active duty, said attorney Stephen Goodwin of Charleston, W.Va.

Lynch, a 20-year-old supply clerk, became a highly recognizable face of the war in Iraq after her maintenance company was ambushed March 23 and she was held captive in an Iraqi hospital. U.S. Marines removed her from the hospital April 1 and she spent more than three months recovering from multiple broken bones at Walter Reed.

Lynch was welcomed home to Palestine, W.Va., on July 22. At that time, she was in a wheelchair, but was able to move throughout her newly remodeled home with a walker.

``I'm certain she's still receiving benefits,'' Goodwin said, though he did not disclose details. He said she is no longer attending physical therapy sessions at Camden Clark Hospital in Parkersburg, but is getting therapy five times per week at another facility close to her home in Wirt County, W.Va.

``There were no problems with the hospital,'' he said. ``I think maybe the other is just closer to home.''