Army Sergeant welcomes first child on Veterans Day

An Iraq War veteran became a dad for the first time this Veterans Day.

Sergeant Frank Calderon of Roxbury and his fiancé, Niasel Grullon, welcomed Baby Frank Junior into the world at 4 a.m. on Friday.

"There's nothing better than having my son, my first son, on our day,” says Army Sergeant Frank Calderon, "He wanted to come today — be daddy's little gift"

Calderon’s gift is well-deserved. He spent nearly six years in the U.S. Army before taking a medical retirement last year.

He experienced a lot on the front lines in Iraq, even watching dozens in his battalions get injured, thirteen fatally. So when FOX25 first met him on December 23, 2007, you can bet he was glad to be home alive. 

He says that not even his pre-Christmas arrival at home can compare to his new bundle of joy.

"No more missions, no more patrolling — now it's waking up to taking care of my baby boy. It's a new start a new life,” says Calderon.

Calderon and his fiancé plan on taking their baby home to Roxbury on Sunday, and Calderon is to be his stay-at-home dad.

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