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War & Pizza
United States soldiers serving in Afghanistan will get a taste
of home this year with a Fourth of July pizza party, courtesy
of Pizzas 4 Patriots ( pizzas4patriots.com). The nonprofit organization and its corporate partners will deliver 30,000 pizzas
to 90,000 troops in all U.S. bases in Afghanistan as part of a
project called Operation Eagle.
Pizzas 4 Patriots was launched four years ago by retired Master Sergeant Mark Evans and his family, who came up with the
idea of sending pizzas to troops serving overseas while sharing a pie around the dinner table. Since then, Evans and his
sponsors have shipped 70,000 pizzas to more than 200,000
soldiers stationed around the world. Uno Chicago Grill (unos.
com) provides many of the pizzas, and DHL Express ships the
ready-to-heat pizzas for free with dry ice. The organization also
accepts private donations. “Our goal is to raise funds to buy the
best pizza to feed all the troops in Afghanistan,” Evans says.
Most Americans don’t realize how much the gesture means
to the soldiers, Evans says. “It is a morale boost to the troops
who are out there in the desert, in the middle of nowhere, under
a lot of pressure, and need a slice of home. These great combat soldiers who risk their lives are kids inside with home on
their minds. When you are there, you need to know someone
is thinking of you.”
(Clockwise from top) Master Sergeant Mark Evans has organized
pizza parties for more than 200,000 troops around the world;
Pizzas 4 Patriots sponsor DHL Express provides free shipping for
the pies; American soldiers enjoy slices from pizzerias such as
Uno Chicago Grill.