Restaurants serving soldiers overseas
Eating a Burger King Whopper or a Subway foot-long reminds Capt. Bill Roberts of home. Stationed in Baghdad, the New York-native occasionally skips Army chow and treats himself to the same foods he enjoyed at his local mall’s food court.
“If it weren’t for the fact that everyone is armed and the guards check everyone’s ID before they go in and the large barrier walls around the exterior, it would be like going to a small shopping center back home,” Roberts said. “Getting a Whopper with cheese and fries can make a world of difference in morale for someone who has been out in the sandbox for awhile.”
The restaurants where Roberts eats are facilitated by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), which is the military’s equivalent to Wal-Mart. On almost every U.S. base, AAFES has a department and grocery store with QSRs nearby, even in a combat zone.