Jessica Lynch: Oh, God, Help Me Get Through It

After months of speculation, Jessica Lynch gets a chance to tell her story. TIME's Nancy Gibbs and Richard Stengel listened to her talk about her fears, hopes and heroes

TIME: When the Army recruiter came to your house, what did he say?

JESSICA LYNCH: He talked about how you could travel and see all these different kinds of places. And then he was like, "You can get an education while you go there." And I was like, "Yeah, you know that would be cool if I could have a job plus go to school at the same time. Yeah, that would be cool."

TIME: You were still here in Palestine, W.Va., on Sept. 11, right? What was that like?

JL: I was scared, actually, myself because I knew...

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