A Meal These Veterans Will Always Remember

Imagine you have just returned from a tour of duty. You haven’t been home in months and you have likely had a very, very long day of travel. The question is, what would you eat? After the homecoming welcomes that have been a long time coming, you get to decide the first meal home. Thrillist has compiled a list of some of the homecoming meals from nine different Veterans. They range from fast food to meals cooked lovingly by mom. Here are a few of the responses:

 

"For my third tour, I spent seven months in Sangin, Afghanistan. I was basically only eating MREs, with the occasional mailed care package with some snacks from home.

I knew I wanted pizza. I had been craving pizza. I'm a pizza fanatic. (And of course I also wanted a good home-cooked meal from my wife.) But by the time I got back home and met up with my family, it was really late, something like 2am. So there weren't really many options. There was a McDonald's across from my house and since I just wanted food, I went straight there. I ate a #1 Big Mac meal. I took it back home and it was delicious."

Angel Beltre, Marines

"A food memory that stands out is when I was in basic training in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. There was this parade field, and during training we’d march out there almost every day. This was the summer in South Carolina, so it was 100 degrees all the time. It was rough. But there was a BBQ place just on the other side of the field that you could smell when you were marching around. So we were marching, sweating, nearly passing out, but also smelling this beautiful BBQ place. I swore to myself I would go there as soon as I got out.

So when my parents came for my basic training graduation and asked what I wanted to do, I said, 'That place. We gotta go there.' It was just amazing, delicious South Carolina BBQ. I believe some pulled pork was involved -- it might’ve been a pulled pork sandwich. Very satisfying. After being in Austin for all these years, I wonder what I would think now. Because in Texas, it's more than just smoked meat. There're places in Texas where they don't even have BBQ sauce. It's sacrilege. But in that moment, when I was eating it, it was exactly what I wanted."

Josh Gamma, National Guard

"My ship was support craft for the invasion of Hollandia, which is in the South Pacific by New Guinea, during World War II. We were in this area for two or three weeks because there were several battles going on. It was my first tour. My overall experience was very educational, and I appreciated being able to serve my country.

We ate lots of Spam and chipped beef on toast. Our chef was a former cook in California, and he did a wonderful job of doctoring the food so that it was actually palatable.

When I returned home, the first meal I wanted was my Mother's meatloaf, potatoes, gravy, homemade bread, and apple pie. We had it at home with my family. It lived up to my expectations 100%."

Robert L. Rimmer, Coast Guard

You can read about other delicious homecomings by clicking here.

Thank you, Veterans, for defending our country and our freedom.

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