"When my family came, I said, 'I want you to bring pizza.' And so after all the ceremonies, when they finally let us go, they had two large pizzas waiting for me. I ate one just by myself in the back of the truck. Of course they were Meat Lover’s Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust."
A huge steak is better than any MRE
Samuel Espinosa, Marines
"I was sent to Afghanistan, and usually ate MREs. The locals were kind enough to sometimes drop off home-cooked meals to our patrol base as a sign of appreciation, or just to be friendly. These meals were usually rice in some sort of tomato paste, with chunks of goat meat mixed in, and bread. One time we got goat soup, which was just the meat boiled in water.
"As cliche as it may be, when I got home, I settled for a nice steak with loaded mashed potatoes and vegetables at Texas Roadhouse. What I really wanted was carne asada with rice, beans, and fried plantains. Of course my Hispanic background played a big influence in that choice, but you don't find those kinds of meals in North Carolina, so steakhouse it was! I was with my parents and girlfriend, and after all the formalities with my family, my girlfriend and I headed to a local bar called Sharpshooters. The unit decided to hold an unofficial party, so of course I went to kick it with my friends.