Longview Army Wife Husband Returning

An East Texas soldier's wife, is among the thousands all over the country waiting for her husband to come back from the Iraq war. She wants to introduce her son to a father he hasn't seen since he was 4 days old.  That was 8 months ago. What's tough for Jessica Lewis is days turn into months, as she waits for her husband, Army Sgt. Eric Lewis to come home from Iraq.

Taking care of their two children and working, the hardest part for Jessica is that Eric had only gotten a glimpse of his son Jalen, before leaving for Iraq.

"It's been really hard, I mean especially with the baby.  He was only 4 days old when Eric left. Now he says 'da-da,' he says it at the pictures.  He doesn't know the person so it's rough," says Jessica.

Eric has spent 13 months with an armored unit in Iraq, mostly in Tikrit, where some of the heaviest fighting has been.  And with word that he may come home soon, Jessica is even more worried.

"I don't watch the news.  I don't want to know what goes on.  It's a countdown.  So, I mean the closer it gets you just don't want anything to happen," she says.

She understands the soldiers commitment, and each time she talks with him overseas, she relays the same message.

"Just to let him know that I love him so much, and I'm so proud of what he's doing.  I tell him all the time that he's my hero," says Jessica.

And when Eric Lewis returns he'll be a hero to another generation.

Bob Hallmark, reporting