Tuesday, February 2, 2010

PTSD and POW Shoshana Johnson on Today Show

First black female POW sets the record straight
Shoshana Johnson addresses misconceptions about her captivity in Iraq

POW recounts Iraq and ‘journey home’
Feb. 2: Shoshana Johnson was taken captive in a deadly ambush during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She shares her story with TODAY’s Matt Lauer.
Today show

By Mike Celizic
TODAYshow.com contributor
updated 10:30 a.m. ET, Tues., Feb. 2, 2010
The physical healing is done, but nearly seven years after becoming the U.S. armed forces’ first black female prisoner of war when she was captured by Iraqi insurgents, Shoshana Johnson is still dealing with the mental trauma of her ordeal.

In March 2003, just days after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Johnson’s unit got separated from its convoy and was ambushed in the city of Nasiriyah. Eleven members of the unit were killed, and seven, including Johnson and Jessica Lynch, were captured.

Lynch, who was held separately, became a national hero when she was rescued after nine days of captivity. Johnson and four other captives were rescued after 22 days, also to be welcomed as heroes.
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