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When Ann Johnson’s son Paul - a combat medic in the Army - was deployed to Iraq in 2004-2005, she wanted to make sure he had letters, snacks, and other things to make him and his unit more “comfortable,” if possible. Paul’s battalion of 3,600 was living in an airplane hangar in Habbinyah, a small town between Ramadi and Fallujah. For the first five months, the men ate only MREs (meals ready to eat).

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