CBS war correspondent — who cheated death in 2006 while on foot patrol with soldiers in Baghdad — would be back in Iraq tomorrow if her family and CBS bosses would let her, she's said in two separate interviews with the New York Post and TVNewser.
Understandably, the network is in no hurry to send Dozier back to the place where, on Memorial Day 2006, a car bomb critically injured her and killed her CBS colleagues Paul Douglas and James Brolan.
Dozier, on the other hand, is ready to ditch her "temporary assignment" in Washington and get back to the Middle East, her base since '03. She has a home in Jerusalem.
"It's the job I trained for all my life," she says. "I understand that a lot of people care about me and are worried about me, but I've got to make the decisions for the risks I face and the risks I take."
She's talking with CBS News brass and "they're trying to get comfortable with the idea of sending me back. This was a pretty earth shattering experience for everyone."
"God I miss news!" Doz ier emphatically told The Post yesterday. "I miss the adrenaline."
"CBS and I had a good talk," she says. "I'd love to do a trip to the green zone or Camp Victory in Iraq, but Baghdad foot-patrol? Not quite yet.
"I'm trying to be as gentle with them [family, friends] as I possibly can, in understanding where they are coming from," she says. "They get used to thinking of you as a victim and you have to point out - even if you want to punch them - calmly and firmly that: 'I'm okay'. "