(Elizabeth, West Virginia-AP) -- Private First Class Jessica Lynch has thanked "everyone who hoped and prayed" for her safe return from Iraq. In her first public statement, the 20-year-old former P-O-W addressed well-wishers from a wheelchair after being flown home to West Virginia. Her brother, Army Specialist Greg Lynch, confirmed that family members and many in the town of Palestine had prayed following word of her capture in an attack that killed eleven of her fellow soldiers. West Virginia Governor Bob Wise noted that a church in Palestine posted a sign that said "God is still in the business of making miracles." Wise added, "One of His miracles has come home to the mountains today." Lynch said she's proud to be in the Army, but added "it hurts" that some of her fellow soldiers didn't make it back alive.