PHOENIX — After nearly a year in Afghanistan, a local soldier returned to the Valley Tuesday to meet his son for the first time.
Robert Coronado landed at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on Tuesday morning, met by his wife, Jazmin, and other members of his family. Among those family members was his newborn son, RJ.
“We found out the day before my husband deployed that I was pregnant after being told we couldn't even have kids,” Jazmin told ABC15. “He missed my entire pregnancy and the birth of our baby boy.”
Moments after seeing and touching his baby boy for the first time, ABC15 asked Robert what it was like to finally be home and meet RJ.
"It's crazy," he said, mentioning that now he's going to try his best to focus on being a good father. "You can't put it into words, really."
Coronado has been in the Army for five years, working in communications. He is stationed at Fort Hood but they will be in the Phoenix area with family while he is on maternity leave.