Julie is the most humble woman I know, though she would not agree with me. She has raised 5 kids on her own who are all spread out over the U.S. After the U.S. was attacked, three of her sons inlisted and at one point all three were stationed in Iraq in the same year. While three of her sons were fighting for our freedom she was back here fighting for her other son who is special needs. Julie started Operation Marshmallow which is sending supplies & requested items over seas to the men & women who are fighting for our freedom. The difference in Julie's organization is she sends a bag of marshmallows in each box which she calls "A Hug From Home." Julie started this because she couldn't imagine her "babies" not having any supplies so far from home & she wanted to make sure that they had something sweet in each package. Julie works as a full time drug counselor by day and continues to fight for Operation Marshmallow by night. Julie might get off work at 4pm but her real job only starts then. Julie waits for the day when she can give O.M. her full attention. She is constantly in the community making contacts, heading up fund raisers, & getting her name out there because this is what she believes that she has been called to do. Julie believes in the education system & had to fight to be heard about what would be best for her autistic son. Julie & I talk often because I help families with special needs & my daughter has a learning disability. We talk about how we as parents need to fight for our kids & help get them the education that they deserve. Julie has been to many schools to speak about O.M. & to give her support to all the districts. I am nominating Julie for Woman of the Year because she puts everybody first before herself. With her great laugh, selfless acts, and her big heart, she too will win you over.