Welcome Wagon

Fort Carson soldiers returning home from Iraq are getting more than just hugs and kisses.

They're also receiving a little burlap bag containing about 55 coupons from local businesses to welcome them home.

Each soldier is also given about 7 thousand dollars in tax-free bonus pay.

Economists estimate about 50 million dollars will be injected back into the Colorado Springs economy over the next 6 months with the soldiers' return.

several local businesses took a hit while more than 10-thousand troops were sent overseas for about a year.