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The Lynch family speaks

“Today” host Katie Couric talks to the Lynch family about their life during those nine days Jessica was missing and on-going rehabilitation.
/ Source: msnbc.com

It was a grueling nine days when Jessica Lynch’s family heard the news that their daughter was considered missing in action. But it was their faith and support from their hometown community of Palestine, West Virginia, that would pull them through — all the while never giving up hope that Jessica was still alive. “Today” host Katie Couric talks to the Lynch family about their life during those nine days Jessica was missing and her on-going rehabilitation.

Greg Lynch: “Good morning.”

Katie Couric: “Nice to see you on a happy occasion.”

Greg Lynch: “Yeah.”

Couric: “Because obviously we talked a lot, Jessie, your parents and I when you were still missing. And they were sick with worry to say the least. Let me ask you a little bit about those nine days. What was that like Dee?”

Dee Lynch: “Worry, kind of chaos too. And to me it was kind of fogged. Everyday ran into the next day.”

Couric: “You started cutting out Jessie’s horoscopes during those days she was missing. Why did you do that?”

Dee Lynch: “I don’t know, I just kind of wanted to start doing it. But, yeah, found one, and actually it was on April the first. It was in the paper, and it said today is the day you’ll tell the tales of your travel. And I cut it out and I thought it was kind of peaceful. I felt good about it.”

Couric: “So you had some sense that something might happen that day.”

Dee Lynch: “Yes, I did. That was a very good day for me.”

Couric: “Well, let’s talk about April first. The phone rings, you’re daughter Brandy answers. Tell me what happened next Greg?”

Greg Lynch: “She handed the phone to me. And I started talking to the lady. And she said we have found your daughter. And I said, ‘okay.’”

Couric: “I’m sure your heart stopped.”

Greg Lynch: “Yeah. ‘How is she?’ You know, and they said, ‘Well, she’s here at the hospital.’ And I said okay. And then I got, nah, this can’t be right.”

Couric: “You thought it might be a joke?”

Greg Lynch: “Yeah.”

Couric: “Because it was April Fools.”

Greg Lynch: “So I started writing her name down and number down. And I figured, well, okay, she hasn’t slipped up yet. So this might be on the up.”

Couric: “And of course, Dee It must have been such an experience for you. Tell me.

Dee Lynch: “It was the best feeling. I mean, I screamed, I hollered. I was just so excited. I hollered for everybody. Good feeling.”

Couric: “When you spoke to Jessica, you all traveled to Landstuhl Air Base in Germany.”

Greg Lynch: “Yes.”

Couric: “And that’s when you saw your mom and dad for the first time.”

Jessica Lynch: “Yeah, I didn’t actually know that they were there.”

Couric: “But you I’m sure remember seeing your daughter.”

Dee Lynch: “Oh, yes.”

Couric: “Were you horrified initially?”

Dee Lynch: “I was saddened to look at her because, you know, here she was all bandaged and hooked up and a blood bag hanging, you know, above the bed. And she looked at me and she said, ‘Mommy, you made it.’ And it was like such a good feeling. But, yeah, I was saddened but excited too.”

Couric: “But of course, I think the hardest thing of all probably was hearing the doctor tell you that your daughter had been sexually assaulted that must have been pretty horrifying.”

Dee Lynch: “It was, but I thought, well, she’s alive. We’ll just take this day at a time and we’ll overcome it.”

Couric: “Are you grateful in a way she has no memory of it?”

Dee Lynch: “Oh, yeah.”

Couric: “And really not much memory of even how she got her injuries. But if you had been conscious and aware of everything that was happening to you that would have been even worse wouldn’t it have been.”

Jessica Lynch: “Oh, yeah. Yeah. I’m glad I don’t know. I don’t want any memory of that back.”

Couric: “You had to relearn almost everything at Walter Reed during those months of rehabilitation — how to hold a spoon.”

Jessica Lynch: “Yeah.”

Couric: “You had to have your mom wash your face. You were pretty helpless.”

Jessica Lynch: “Yeah. I mean, it was an upsetting moment and the worst part was not being able to do anything for myself.”

Couric: “But you were very determined to get better.”

Jessica Lynch: “Exactly.”

Couric: “And to get, you know, full use of your body ASAP. And I know that you were really inspired by your daughter’s determination to do that. Tell me your thoughts about that.”

Dee Lynch: “Oh, I’m proud of her. I mean, all the way through she never gave up. She never really whined or, you know, felt sorry for herself. She wanted to do everything for herself.”

Couric: “Greg, You promised the biggest bash ever when Jessie returned home, and you had to make good on that promise didn’t you. That was a really a time of incredible jubilation wasn’t it. Tell me, describe that day, her homecoming.”

Greg Lynch: “It was something.”

Jessica Lynch: “There were so many people there. And it was so nice that everyone was there to support me.”

Couric: “No story these days it seems is without controversy and the same can be said about your story and what happened to Jessie.”

Greg Lynch: “Yeah. Lot of misconception was going on. I think that was more or less the whole world needed a hero to hang on to at that point. And it worked out all for the best.”

Couric: “You don’t have mixed feelings about that at all? That somehow Jessie’s story was misrepresented in a way.”

Greg Lynch: “No. We’re just glad to have her back.”

Couric: “There have been other soldiers, one in particular, Pfc. Patrick Miller who killed nine Iraqis that day when Jessie’s convoy was ambushed. And, you know, he’s just kind of going about his daily business. No one’s offered him a million dollars to write a book. And do you think there’s something sort of unfair about that?”

Jessica Lynch: “Yeah, see I didn’t choose this though. They come looking for me. So it’s not like I went digging for people. Hey, let me tell my story to you.”

Couric: “Do you ever regret enlisting at all?”

Jessica Lynch: “Oh, no. No, I don’t. I knew that, you know, one day this might happen. Well, not the POW stuff but getting deployed. And that was just part of the thing of signing the papers and being in the service.”

Couric: “So Jessie Lynch, it’s really great to meet you and Greg and Dee Lynch it’s really nice to meet you all finally in person and not talk with you on the front porch, to be able to actually look you in the eye.”

Greg Lynch: “Yeah.”

Couric: “Thanks so much for coming in.”