Third ID Wife Optimistic

Life is getting a little better for the troops liberating Baghdad, and it's been a sign of hope for many military spouses back home. WTOC spent some time with a Third ID wife, who had an emotional afternoon attending the memorial service for the six men killed last week in the Blackhawk helicopter crash. Capt. Adamouski has been a good friend of her and her husband, so seeing the latest war developments has been a relief for her.

Paige Wright has gotten used to holding up the house. After all, she hasn't seen her husband in half a year. She's been counting the days, especially since the war started about three weeks ago.

"That first day, watching's been extremely anxious," she said.

With her husband Ben Wright leading a maintenance platoon, servicing front line helicopters, Paige has been through the highs and the lows.

"For me it's been a blessing to watch and see where my husband is," she said. "The hardest part of the war is knowing someone that lost their life."

But watching things like Iraqis celebrating the end of the Saddam regime, knocking over statues, celebrating in the street fills Paige with pride.

"It makes me proud of our men and women over there," she told us. "I just keep thinking about those people and the freedom they haven't experienced for so long."

So for now, she's optimistic, keeping her fingers crossed that this progress continues. And maybe her next letter from her husband will be followed by him.

"I know there's still a lot of work to be done but they're one day closer to home," she said.

Reported by: Holly Bristow,