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.

The Hero In You (S1:E1) – Everyday Heroes Deliver Delight

Welcome to The Hero In You – the all-new series from OnlyGood.tv that will inspire, touch your heart, and show you that you can be a Hero too! Hosted by Marysol Castro, The Hero In You highlights individuals and organizations that prove that with a little heart and soul, anything is possible. Sometimes a helping hand or a sympathetic ear are the only super powers you'll ever need.

Keep reading... Show less

Mentor Helps Football Player Find His Way

High School senior Patrick Sanchez was having trouble at home. His family's resources were low and instead of heading on to college to fulfill his dream of playing football, Patrick was being asked to work to help his family. His Dad had lost his job, his Mom was slowly recovering from cancer, and the future he had envisioned seemed to be getting further from his reach. In frustration, Patrick left home.

Keep reading... Show less

Caly On The Good (E8) – A Homecoming For A Popstar

Missy and Adam Bevier are thrilled to have daughter Caly home visiting after two years working in the music scene out in LA. But as we learn on this Episode of Caly On The Good, this trip back to her Grand Rapids, Ohio home is not just about kicking back and taking it easy. "She has to help with everything," Missy explained. "We keep her real. Just because you're nineteen doesn't mean you're not gonna help Momma out."

Keep reading... Show less
Fans' Top 5 Hits

The Creation of Us (S2:E5) – Anatomy and Adoption

Becoming pregnant and giving birth are the two most celebrated moments for a couple starting a family. But what happens in between, especially for an LGBTQ couple? In this episode of The Creation Of Us, Heather and Christen take us on two important expert visits – one at the hospital for a full body scan of the baby and one to an attorney to review all of the legal requirements and protections that will allow them to become the family they want to be.

Keep reading... Show less
Fans' Top 5 Hits

Tattoos Help Breast Cancer Survivors Reclaim Their Lives After Mastectomy

Please note: this video has emotional and graphic content. While our intention is to tell a beautiful story, the content - showing mastectomy scars and reconstructed breasts - can make some uncomfortable.

For some breast cancer survivors, losing their breasts was the only option. For a woman, that is a devastating loss. One tattoo artist is on a mission to help them turn their grief into confidence and hope through beautiful tattoos.
Keep reading... Show less

Press Paws (S1:E1) – Finding Furry Friends In Unusual Places

Welcome to Press Paws - a new OnlyGood.tv series for the Animal lover in all of us! Hosted by Michelle Ray Smith, Press Paws tells passionate stories of the unique bond between animals and people and how they help each other live a happier, more fulfilling life. Whether you are looking to adopt, visit a sanctuary filled with quirky characters, or are just an animal lover that loves a good "tail", Press Paws has something that is guaranteed to make you smile.

Keep reading... Show less
Fans' Top 5 Hits

From Software to Sourdough, Taking A Leap of Faith

Did you ever know someone who seems to be on a brilliant, fast track career path and then suddenly gets up one day and decides to do something completely different? Sherif Farag is that guy. After a 15 year career in Management Consulting and Business Strategy, most recently with McKinsey in New York City, Sherif decided to trade in the airline miles and hotel points and do something completely out of his consulting comfort zone.

Keep reading... Show less

A Dog’s Journey Home (E11) - Pittsburgh Gotcha Day!

After 90+ dog transport trips, Tracy'sDogs co-founder Scott Whyatt knows to be ready for anything. In this episode of A Dog's Journey Home, Scott's transport will arrive with 62 dogs who were loaded up on an 80 degree day in Texas and will now be meeting their new families in the chill of early winter in Pennsylvania. It's Gotcha Day in Pittsburgh!

Keep reading... Show less
Watch and Subscribe
It's a Positivity Movement
OnlyGood TV on YouTube

mailbox

Get your Only Good TV Newsletter