WARRENSBURG Across the nation, citizens and businesses have sought to cheer up soldiers facing hardships and alienation while stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Joq and Joel Quintal, proprietors of Oscars Smokehouse in Warrensburg, have established their own niche in showing support for the men and women who put themselves in harms way in the deserts of the Middle East. Their effort to bring smiles to soldiers faces has been a jointly accomplished by the Quintals and relatives of the soldiers. Over the past year, the Quintals have been noticing an increase in sales of the home-cured beef jerky they are famous for preparing in their Warrensburg enterprise. It turns out a several relatives of soldiers in the region have been sending the gourmet jerky to their loved ones serving in the military. When the Quintals realized where the jerky was headed, they implemented a policy of buy one pound, get another-pound free. Joq Quintal, grandson of founder Oscar Quintal, said he was proud that Oscars products were being chosen by families to give their overseas military men and women a welcome taste of home. We are building a strong rapport with these families, he said. I cant wait to meet their loved ones when they get home,, he said. Quintal noted the many benefits of sending such local fare to troops overseas. Jerky is perfect, its shelf-stable, very high in protein and has an inherent connection with home, he said. It really brings comfort to these guys and women. The benefits go further, he said. Quintal recounted the circumstances of a distant relative who had lost muscle mass while serving in the Middle East. I couldnt believe how small he had become, he said, Some of those guys are wasting away. Quintal said the rations allocated by the military dont provide enough protein for soldiers active routines. The packaged foods served are high in protein, making it difficult for soldiers to maintain their muscle, he said. The Quintals said they were proud of a photo they have on display at their smokehouse from the soldiers. The photo depicts a group of soldiers around a sign declaring thanks for the jerky sent from the U.S. Thats not all the soldiers sent in appreciation. A few of the soldiers receiving jerky shipments acquired a U.S. flag that had flown above Fort Patriot, Kuwait and they sent it to Oscars Smokehouse along with a plaque of appreciation and several photographs conveying how much the jerky is treasured.