Thousands of families are watching and waiting to hear from their loved ones who have been deployed, and today one local family was able to hear and see their husband and father. Susie Potts saw her husband for the first time in months as the CBS Early Show interviewed Col. Curt Potts, an aviation commander for the Third Infantry, live from Iraq.
"I'm excited now, I feel really pumped," she said. "I just saw my husband on TV and he looks good, maybe a little thinner than he was when he first left, but he looks good."
Col. Potts talked about the recent sandstorms, and the Iraqi resistance they will face. He also talked about the soldiers' morale.
"The American soldier, you'd be proud of them," he said. "They're compassionate when they have to be and mission focused all the time."
And the most important thing Susie saw was that he was okay.
"It makes all the difference in the world when you see what our soldiers have been going through," she told us.
And if it wasn't enough to see him, Col. Potts coincidentally called Susie while we were there. It's the first time she's heard from him since the war started. Needless to say she came into the room a very happy person. She says family all over the country saw the interview, and her two teenage daughters will be ecstatic to actually see their father.
Susie Potts says she wanted WTOC to let everyone know how appreciative she and other military families are for all of the support the community has been giving.