Jessica Lynch Foundation Donates To Hospital

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) -- The Jessica Lynch Foundation has donated $20,000 to West Virginia University Children's Hospital to ensure every young patient gets a blanket and a stuffed animal.

The former Army private from Palestine became a prisoner of war in 2003 after her unit was ambushed in Iraq.

Lynch, one of six soldiers captured, was later rescued by American troops.

She created the foundation the same year.

It has since donated more than $100,000 to organizations, scholarships and children's groups nationwide.

The children's hospital program, started in 2007, is called Jessi's Pals.

Lynch said Tuesday that a toy can make a difference to a child who's suffering, and she's happy to help in tough economic times when donations are declining.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by Kelly Location: Parkersburg on Jan 13, 2010 at 08:13 AM
    i understand that she put her life on the life but for her to get all the publicity isnt right other ppl came back with half their limbs removed and fought more than she did and they didnt get no new cars or a foundation named after them
  • by Just Me Location: Ohio on Jan 8, 2010 at 06:34 AM
    I agree - why doesn't WTAP Post all the comments - like the one I said I get offended by being called a moron by someone on here just because I use my freedom of speech and say what I think
  • by M on Jan 7, 2010 at 12:44 PM
    I think you guys got well off the subject here. It was about her and giving - It was just because of WHO it was that ticked you off. If you're going to post your opinion, stay on the subject!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 7, 2010 at 11:07 AM
    I find it interesting that WTAP will post comments from those who are all for her but I've made 2 comments about being against her and they don't post it. WIll they post this one? Who knows. Great job WTAP!!
  • by Just Me Location: Ohio on Jan 7, 2010 at 05:06 AM
    Thank you Amanda - my seniments exactly. She could have put her foot down and said no. I'm sure that sheesh is correct in that they can tell you what to say and that they own you, however, her morals could have still said no and if she wanted to help why didn't she just volunteer at the hospital. I'm not a vet but I donate money to the Children's Hospital too, but I don't put my name out there for the media. It is a thing to do if you have more than others to be able to help out - helping those children is a GREAT THING - I don't disagree with that issue. It is all of the hoopla that I disrepect her for! And, from reading these comments I'm not the only one - even a comment on here that her "hometown" people don't think much of the situation either. God Bless All Veterans!
  • by Mary Location: Elizabeth on Jan 7, 2010 at 01:27 AM
    Why if her story was a lie didn't she give back all that was given to her??? That would have been the RIGHT thing to do. It would have shown her respect for us and her morals. But, like the old sayings... MONEY TALKS AND MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL!!!!SHAME ON YOU JESSICA!!!! AND YOUR FAMILY TOO!!! IT WAS ALL GREED!!
  • by Steve on Jan 6, 2010 at 03:46 PM
    Someone not important (a good description I suspect) you are right she was found in a hospital although I wouldnt call her treatment friendly and that was several days into her CAPTURE (capture being a key word). I will not comment on why her brother no longer serves because I have no idea, although I will say that most people only serve for one tour I will say that will say though that with the injuries Jessica sustained she would not have been allowed to continue her service so to say she quit is unfair. I am going to go out on a limb and say you never served if you did you would have a little more RESPECT. Please only talk about about situations that you have some knowledge on and please let the Vets move on and live the most normal life possible.
  • by someone not important on Jan 6, 2010 at 12:26 PM
    she was found in a friendly hopital how is that a prisoner of war, she was not rescued she was found yeah she served but she dishonered alot of vets with her little media stunts why do you think she or her brother are not in the military still because they know the truth and they ate them up over it till they quit
  • by john Location: parkersburg on Jan 6, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    I served in Iraq for one year. I didn't make the front page of the news paper. To a good soldier that doesn't matter. The media picks the soldiers that make the good stories. You people that think she wouldn't give it all back to have her friends still alive and be walking without a cane are idiots. People like you are the ones that probably never served in the armed forces but are the first to bash the ones that did. If you watched the interviews and read most of the stories she did try to tell the people that she wasn't a hero and that is why the media and the government likes to edit pieces of a story. She was portrayed as a HERO. At least she isn't on the street in Elizabeth selling the drugs the gov is paying for. Instead she is donating time and money to young children in need. THANKS JESSICA you are a stand up person and keep up the hard work.
  • by JD Location: Marietta on Jan 6, 2010 at 10:38 AM
    Hey, Just Me, If Jessica could go back and fix how all of the other soldiers through the ages have been treated upon their return, that would make you happy, wouldn't it? Maybe she can order us some warmer weather too!
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