May 2, 2013 4:10 AM by Eric Ross

Pueblo soldier returns home to family

Wednesday evening, Marine LCpl. Colton Carlson arrived at the Pueblo airport where he was greeted by friends, family, and members with the American Legion and Federal Protection Agency.

Carlson was injured in Afghanistan in May 2012 after stepping on an IED in May 2012, causing him to lose both his legs. He's been recovering at the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. with his family by his side while continuing to undergo rehabilitation.

Colton's father, Scott says it's been an emotional roller coaster over the past year and is glad his family is once again reunited.

"To us as a family, it's exciting he's home for good," Scott said. "God has answered our prayers."

The News 5 team had the honors of sitting down with the Carlson family for an interview which aired live on Wednesday's evening 10 p.m. show.

You can catch a shortened version of the reunion Thursday morning on News 5 Today with Adam and Marissa beginning at 4:30 a.m.

On behalf of News 5, we thank Colton for his service and extend our appreciation to all the service men and women who put their lives on the line fighting for our country. 

To learn more about Lance Cpl. Colton Carlson, visit



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