Mom's meatloaf is always satisfying
Robert L. Rimmer, Coast 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%."
Chicken Parm is the taste of home
Vincent Otano, Army
"I was in Bagram, Afghanistan, and for the entire 12 months I was there the food was kinda scrappy. I was eating boiled chicken breast or MREs everyday.
"I knew without a shadow of a doubt that the food I wanted most was chicken Parm. My Mom made it all the time growing up and it always made me think of home. So when I got back, I got chicken Parm at a little mom-and-pop restaurant right off base. Every bite was exactly what I wanted it to be: perfect. Of course, I went to a bar with quite a few of my buddies who had deployed with me afterwards to celebrate."