House sets hearing on Lynch, friend of Piestewa

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has scheduled an April 24 hearing in which the rescue of Jessica Lynch, a friend of slain Hopi soldier Lori Piestewa, will be examined.

Lynch and Piestewa were roommates and best friends in the Army. They were sent to Iraq at the start of the war in March 2003.

As they were riding in the southern desert, their unit came under attack. An Army report credited Piestewa with saving the lives of her fellow soldiers, including Lynch.

Lynch and Piestewa were taken to an Iraqi hospital after suffering major injuries, although it is believed Piestewa died at the scene of the attack. Lynch, however, was the subject of what the U.S. military called a dramatic rescue from the hospital.

The hearing will examine whether the public was misled about the rescue. Lynch plans to testify, her spokesperson said.

"She's used every opportunity to tell what really happened and to talk about the real heroes of that day," the spokesperson told the Associated Press.

The committee will also look into the death of Pat Tillman, a former NFL recruit, in Afghanistan.

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