Here is a look at the life of Jessica Lynch, motivational speaker and former prisoner of war.
Personal: Birth date: April 26, 1983
Birth name: Jessica Dawn Lynch
Birth place: Palestine, West Virginia
Father: Gregory Lynch, a truck driver
Mother: Deadra Lynch
Children: Dakota Ann Robinson, January 9, 2009
Education: West Virginia University at Parkersburg, B.A., 2011
Military service: U.S. Army, 2001-2003, Private First Class
Other Facts: Enlisted in the army after graduating from high school.
In December 2002, she signed up for a four year extension in the military. She had already received one promotion and was scheduled for another in November 2003.
Was a supply clerk with the Army's 507th Maintenance Company out of Fort Bliss, Texas.
Eleven soldiers from the convoy, including two from the 3rd Forward Support Battalion, were killed.
Five others were captured and held apart from Lynch for three weeks before their release.
An Iraqi lawyer alerted American soldiers to Jessica's whereabouts, and helped with planning her rescue. He and his family were later granted asylum.
Timeline: March 23, 2003 - Taken prisoner of war (POW) after the convoy she is traveling in is ambushed. The convoy had taken several wrong turns and fallen behind. The Pentagon says Lynch was riding in a Humvee when it was hit by rocket-propelled grenades and crashed into a U.S. truck that had jackknifed in front of it.
April 1, 2003 - Is rescued from a hospital in Nasiriyah by special forces and taken to Ramstein Air Base in Germany.
April 3, 2003 - Has her first surgery at a hospital in Germany, an operation to repair injuries to her back.
April 12, 2003 - Returns to the United States to Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.
July 21, 2003 - Is presented with the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and POW medals for her service and captivity in Iraq during a ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
July 22, 2003 - Lynch returns to West Virginia after a helicopter bring her from an Army hospital in Washington. Cheering crowds line the route of her motorcade.
August 22, 2003 - Is honorably discharged from the Army for medical reasons.
September 2, 2003 - Agrees to a one million dollar book deal with publisher Alfred A. Knopf.
November 10, 2003 - "I Am a Soldier, Too," Lynch's biography by Rick Bragg, goes on sale.
November 11, 2003 - Lynch's first television interview airs. It is a 90-minute interview on ABC's Primetime with Diane Sawyer.