After not seeing their son for a year and a half, one Grand Junction family says they got the best Christmas present they've ever received Sunday night.
Friends and family were anxious to welcome Army Specialist Cody Boden back home. He was supposed to land at Grand Junction Regional Airport at 5:40pm Sunday night, but weather delays flying out of Alaska caused him to miss his flight out of Salt Lake City. Fortunately, he was able to get on another plane and landed safely in Grand Junction just after 9:00pm.
Specialist Boden was serving in Baghdad where he was seriously injured twice this past year. He received two purple hearts for injuries he sustained after an IED exploded near him, and a truck carrying explosives crashed into the building where he and his unit were staying.
Both he and his parents say they're glad he made it home for the holidays.
"I hope he's everybody's hero," said his father Marty Boden. "He's made a very large sacrifice for us and he's just an amazing young man."
"He's my hero," said his mother Anna Marie Boden.
"I spent last Christmas over there," said Specialist Boden. "I'm looking forward to this one."