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Make a Soldier Smile: Send a Potato

Want to make a soldier smile? Send him or her Potato. One of the favorite icons of Army life is KP: peeling potatoes. An army marches on its stomach and in camp potatoes always fill the plates in the mess hall. Our fathers and grandfathers tell stories of hours of peeling potatoes and the icon of the private sitting near a huge sack of spuds getting them ready for chow is one that endures. Today the Army uses private contractors to provide its meals, but our fathers and grandfathers remember KP. The humble but necessary potato The potato has the multiple benefits of nutrition, simplicity, ease of storage and transport and ability to satisfy hunger. One of its most common...

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