Sergeant Mario Dorado was relieved to hear he was going home after a seven month deployment overseas. Surprisingly enough, the soldier arrived just in time.
While in Afghanistan, Dorado relied on phone calls and FaceTime sessions to communicate with his wife, Kimberly, and their young son. After “one of the hardest deployments so far,” he couldn’t wait for some quality family time.
The army man traveled to the United States on Veteran’s Day with plans to visit his son Ezekiel’s school for a midday surprise. Dorado marched into the boy’s lunchroom and was welcomed with open arms.
“I was surprised and very proud of my dad,” said Ezequiel Dorado.
That wouldn’t be the only memorable moment of the father’s vacation. Less than 24 hours later, Kimberly gave birth to the couple’s second son, Leo.
“He was 7 pounds and 7 ounces,” said Mario. “He is perfect.”
The father’s timing couldn’t have been better. Holding his newborn son and surrounded by family, Sergeant Dorado could finally say he was home.