I'm not really sure. This isn't something that they're shouting over a loudspeaker over at CNN either. The only reason why I even know something about it is because of my mother back home reading it in a post over at the Marine Mom's website she used to frequent back when I was deployed. Another Marine Mom posted that if anyone was a resident of MA serving in Iraq, they should apply for the $1000 they're handing out.
Aside from that, if they had an evil plan, I'm all aboard with dollar signs in my eyes with some background noise going, "Ching-Ching"...Although I'm sure it probably isn't anything more than a "We recognize you, and just wanted to say thanks for serving because it's better you than me"
Then again, they don't call our state "Tax-achusetts" for nothing!!