I Am A Soldier, Too Chapters 24-29 Response
Jessica’s parents, Greg and Dee Lynch, must have had a very hard time through all of what happened to Jessica. As parents, I am sure they were scared half to death when they heard that their daughter was missing in action. They must have been even more unsettled when they found out that she had been taken captive by Iraqis. If I were a parent, I would not settle until I either knew my child was safe or his/her body had been found because without a body, there is always a chance that he/she can be alive. However, I can not imagine the parents’ happiness when they found out that she was alive and being treated in a hospital. Of course, they must have been appalled to hear what actually happened to her. They heard from her doctors in Germany that she had been shot more than once, which would be disturbing to find out.
A quote from these chapters that stood out to me the most was, “She believes that Jessi would have fought back and that she was terrified of being taken alive…after all they had been through, almost anything seemed possible…And because they wanted to believe their daughter had hurt the enemy before they hurt her. And there was satisfaction in that” (Bragg 158). This passage shows how much Jessica’s parents believed in her and how they knew deep down that she would make it out alive because of how strong she is. Jessica’s parents found comfort in imagining that Jessica had fought her hardest before being taken captive. Jessica did not give up, just like her parents knew she wouldn’t.