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Elk Grove teen's idea blossoms into pizza for 488,000 troops

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Pizza 4 Patriots founder Mark Evans of Elk Grove Village checks out a pizza last summer before the shipment heads to troops in the Middle East for the Fourth of July.

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Nothing brings a smile to troops serving overseas like a pizza and a taste of home.

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The logistics of getting frozen pizzas to remote combat zones can be tricky, but DHL Express says it hasn't lost any of the 122,000 pizzas it voluntarily delivers to troops serving overseas as part of the Pizza 4 Patriots program developed by Mark Evans of Elk Grove Village.

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In 2008, retired Air Force Sgt. Mark Evans of Elk Grove Village wanted to ship pizzas to the soldiers fighting in the Middle East. An effort that started with a goal of 300 pizzas has shipped more than 122,000 pizzas to troops overseas."God has made me a pizza delivery man," Evans says.
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    • Pizza 4 Patriots founder Mark Evans of Elk Grove Village checks out a pizza last summer before the shipment heads to troops in the Middle East for the Fourth of July.
    • Nothing brings a smile to troops serving overseas like a pizza and a taste of home.
    • The logistics of getting frozen pizzas to remote combat zones can be tricky, but DHL Express says it hasnít lost any of the 122,000 pizzas it voluntarily delivers to troops serving overseas as part of the Pizza 4 Patriots program developed by Mark Evans of Elk Grove Village.
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