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Jessica Lynch

Jessica Lynch

WERNERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Former prisoner of war Jessica Lynch visited a summer camp Tuesday designed to help children who are separated from their parents by military deployments.

Lynch greeted some of the 156 children attending Camp Keystone Courage, signing autographs and posing for pictures. She announced a $10,000 donation from her charitable foundation to fund future camps.

"It's a way I can give back to these children, and it ties in with the military, so it's the perfect thing," she said.

The camp, about 55 miles northwest of Philadelphia, began operating over the weekend. It is the first of 12 summer camps being set up across the country by the National Military Family Association to help children cope with the stress of a parent's absence.

The camp offers traditional standard summer camp activities but also provides counseling to help kids cope with their parents' military absences.

Lynch is still recovering from injuries she suffered when her convoy was attacked after taking a wrong turn in the Iraqi town of Nasiriyah in March, 2003. Eleven American soldiers were killed and six, including Lynch, were captured.

The 21-year-old Army supply clerk was rescued from an Iraqi hospital on April 1, 2003.