WASHINGTON – This statement from the family of 19-year-old Private First Class Jessica Lynch was read by Major Michael Young on Saturday, April 12, 2003:
Our family has been blessed by the tremendous outpouring of support for our daughter, Jessi. People from across West Virginia, the United States-everywhere in the world-have offered comfort and aid. On behalf of Jessi, our family would like to offer our deepest, most sincere thanks for this show of affection.
We would especially like to thank the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, the West Virginia National Guard, and U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller for their help in uniting us with our daughter. We would also like to thank the residents of Wirt County and West Virginia Governor Bob Wise for their commitment to helping Jessi experience a full and speedy recovery.
Furthermore, we can't leave Germany without expressing our gratitude to the professionals at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and the Air Force Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. We truly believe Jessi would not have made such great progress in her recovery had it not been for their care and concern. We are forever thankful for the compassion with which they have treated her and the other injured service members.
The Landstuhl support staff and the Army and Air Force communities have been wonderful. From the moment we arrived, they took care of our most basic needs, allowing us to focus on our daughter's recovery. To those who supported us-the chaplains, the drivers, and the Fisher House management staff and volunteers-we want to thank you one more time. You touched our hearts, and we will never forget you.
We also want to remind everyone that the Fisher House can only survive through donations from around the world. We ask each of you to consider supporting this very worthy organization as the services it provides to military families is unmatched by any other organization.
It is almost impossible to express how grateful we are to the brave American service members who participated in Jessi's rescue and to the courageous Iraqi citizens who risked their lives to make her rescue possible. Jessi is alive because of their sacrifices.
Jessi's recovery continues, and she is doing well. She is in pain, but she is in good spirits. Although she faces a lengthy rehabilitation, she is tough. We believe she will regain her strength soon. Our family is proud of Jessi. In our eyes, she and her rescuers are heroes. But we also understand that Jessi was a soldier performing her duty, the same way thousands of other service members perform their duties every day.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to every military member on the battlefield and at their duty stations. We pray for their safety. We also offer our prayers for the families who have lost loved ones during this war, or have loved ones still designated as missing in action or confirmed as prisoners of war. We know your hearts are broken. We hope you will soon find comfort.
During Jessi's transition to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, her recovery is first priority. We ask that the media understand that our immediate concern is for Jessi's recovery. She is under the care of the finest physicians in the world. We know both the American people and members of the media join with us as we make Jessi's privacy and complete recovery priority one. Toward that end, we'd ask your understanding and support as we defer further interviews and press conferences until Jessi is settled in.
Again, thank you for your understanding, and join us as we continue to pray for and support America's great military members, their families and everyone who has suffered during this war.
--Greg Lynch Sr., Dee Lynch, Greg Lynch Jr., Brandi Lynch and Dan Little