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I've never been much inclined to wrap myself in the flag. For the most part, I feel like the nation would be much better off with less of what is called "patriotism" by the popular press. There seem to be a lot of blind worship of Rambo style warriors that makes me feel uncomfortable.

But I have always been impressed with Jessica Lynch. The military desperately wanted to turn her into a fighting hero, but she quietly and consistently refused - insisting on telling the truth. Her gun jammed before she could fire a shot. She was knocked unconscious when her vehicle turned over and did not participate in the battle. She also minimized her public exposure, preferring instead to work on establishing her new life.

Now, 10 years and 21 surgeries after her capture, her back, legs and arms are full of metal screws and braces. She has no feeling in her lower left leg and must wear a brace to walk. All five of the people she was with in the vehicle in Iraq are dead - including her best friend.

And here's the quote that impresses me today: Sometimes I'll get a flash of pain, or feel upset because I can't run, and then I'll remind myself: I'm alive. I'm here. Take some ibuprofen.

The Navy Seals that took out Osama Bin Laden did an impressive job, but the way some of them clamored over getting credit and telling the story of their own heroism after the fact was not very heroic at all. I'm more impressed with Lynch, her quiet persistence and the path she's chosen that won't compromise on the facts.
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