"There's a lot of things that I can tell people spent a lot of time creating and working on like the blankets," she said. "I know those afghans are not created in five minutes, slapped together and put in the mail.
"They've actually spent a lot of time creating it and thinking about the patterns that go into it. I'm very honored. Especially now 10 years later that I'm still receiving things like that."
But she also still receives hate mail. She said it doesn't affect her any more - though in the beginning she took it to heart.
She speculated the hate could have stemmed from jealousy over the activities in which she was partaking.
She met President George W. Bush and baked cookies with Jennifer Love Hewitt as part of her physical therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She met Brad Pitt, whom she said was one of her favorites because "he's so dreamy," and danced with Matthew McConaughey. She described Ben Affleck as a super sweet guy and pointed out that he's married to another West
Virginia girl, actress Jennifer Garner.
"If I wanted the media I would have moved to Los Angeles or New York and sought more after it," she said. "I'm a West Virginia girl and this is home to me. I think that kind of helped because I didn't put myself out there. I'm living normal."
The media attention has died down, something she's grateful for because she wants her daughter to have a normal upbringing like she had.
Lynch recalled newspaper photographers hiding out around the hospital the day her daughter was born and later having to make some covert maneuvers to get around them when it was time to go home.
'Let's not forget'
She'll be briefly stepping back into the limelight next month as the exhibit opens at the Culture Center. It's the first museum exhibit about her, she said.
The exhibit will feature Lynch's personal items, such as her uniforms and hats and medals - she was awarded the Prisoner of War Medal, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
Also included will be photos and other items given to her, everything from a framed American flag from a former U.S. Speaker of the House to a blonde Barbie doll that a fan fashioned in Army fatigues to resemble Lynch. All are on loan and will be returned to her.
Charles Morris, museums director at the Culture Center, and his staff already have begun categorizing and making tags for the exhibit. It will be set up in the Great Hall with items commemorating the state's sesquicentennial.
"It's going to be a great exhibit because there's a combination of personal artifacts and things that people have sent and created in her honor so I think the combination's going to make it a nice exhibit," he said.
Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner of the state Division of Culture and History, was excited for the exhibit and Lynch's planned visit to speak at the opening and later in the month to students.
"I think the neatest things about the exhibit that Charles and his staff do is that you really get a great picture of whatever the subject is," Gresham said. "Whether it's the 150th anniversary or this exhibit on Jessica, I think they have a great way of bringing together things that make you see a person or a place in a really neat way."
Lynch said she hoped that 10 years after the beginning of the Iraq War, which officially ended in December 2011, people still would remember the service members still at war in Afghanistan.
"It's sad unless you have a friend or family member or a close relative who is serving - we get busy with our lives and we forget that there's still soldiers over there sleeping on the ground," Lynch said.
"That's why I think it's important to remind people that we still have soldiers throughout this world stationed everywhere that still need to be supported and be given the same attention they were when the war in Iraq started 10 years ago.
"It's so easy nowadays to kind of forget that we still have soldiers that are fighting over there and that they still need our support and our prayers to just bring them home safely," she said.
"Let's not forget about those that are still serving."
A reception will be held 6 to 8 p.m. April 1 at the Culture Center. Lynch will speak at the event, which is free and open to the public, and will meet with guests.
She also will make presentations, geared toward middle and high school students, at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on April 10 in the State Theater in the Culture Center. Those hour-long presentations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.