Army Spc. Juan Leon, 23, of East Massapequa with his wife Lorraine, and brand new son, Nicholas Francisco Leon.
After denying him permission to travel from Afghanistan to Long Island to be with his wife during the early and difficult birth of his son, the U.S. Army relented--thanks to Congressman Steve Israel and officials--and Leon was given leave.
While Leon missed the actual birth by a few days, he had this to say: "But I'm happy I could see him, and be there for the first couple days of his life."
Congratulations to Juan and Lorraine -- and happy birthday to Nicholas!
Link: LI soldier arrives from Afghanistan to see newborn son