New York: Ten years after becoming the first American to be rescued since the Vietnam War, soldier Jessica Lynch has revealed that she is still haunted by what happened in Iraq.
“About every night I have some kind of dream where there’s someone chasing me,’’ the 29-year-old Lynch said.
It’s hard. It really is mentally and physically draining, she added.
Lynch, who lives with 6-year-old daughter Dakota, became a symbol for Americans fighting abroad after she was rescued by U.S. Special Forces from an Iraqi hospital on April 1, 2003.
According to the New York Daily News, her exploits became the stuff of legend, so much so that she testified before Congress to clear the air after some people expanded her role in the firefight that led to her capture.
She told Congress she was a survivor, not a hero. In fact, she has needed 21 surgeries since the rescue.
According to the paper, despite the nightmares, Lynch is looking ahead, not behind. She is engaged to Dakota`s father and working on a Master`s degree.