Ex-POW In Iraq War Recalls Nightmares, Depression

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington (AP) -- Shoshana Johnson survived gunshot wounds to both legs and 22 days as a prisoner of war in Iraq. Life wasn't so easy when she came home, either.

In a new book out this week, the 37-year-old single mother describes mental health problems related to her captivity.

She also tells how it felt to play second fiddle in the media to fellow POW Jessica Lynch, who was captured in the same ambush.

Johnson is the nation's first female black prisoner of war.

She told the Associated Press that she felt she was portrayed differently because of her race.

Johnson's book, "I'm still standing," is being released in time for Black History Month.

Johnson says she hopes that by telling her story, she can set the record straight and bring attention to mental health issues affecting veterans.

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

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