2019 Deserving Military Family Contest Winner Named

The Butler Family of Dahlonega has won a
Dream Vacation from Montlick & Associates!

I would like to nominate my son-in-Law, daughter and two granddaughters (The Butler family) for a dream vacation. Jeremy has honorably served in the military for 20 years as a US Army Ranger. He’s completed over 5 years of combat deployments and most recently completed an 18-month unaccompanied assignment in Saudi Arabia. Jeremy received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in an IED attack on his last deployment to Afghanistan. He was recently in a military parachute training accident in March 2019. He’s recovering from an open tibia/fibula fracture in his right leg and received a metal rod and screw implants to correct the injury. Through it all, Michelle has worked tirelessly as a supportive military spouse. During the last 4 years, Michelle has volunteered countless hours as the head coach of their local recreational cheerleading squad. Her community outreach and support to many young ladies epitomize what a military spouse should be. Like many military families, they spend most of their leave time visiting family due to changing duty stations far away. This wonderful team deserves a vacation of their own for their combined sacrifices for others. I know they would enjoy this much deserved R&R! Please consider the Butler family for the dream vacation. Jeremy is currently stationed in North Georgia as a US Army Ranger instructor. They could use the vacation considering what they have been through these past few months.

Thank you to all those who shared their stories and photos with us. You are truly remarkable families. You are all American heroes!


2019 Most Deserving Military Family Finalists

All the nominees were well-deserving, and we appreciate the time they took to enter our contest!

Jeremy & Michelle Butler- Dahlonega, GA

Jeremy & Michelle Butler- Dahlonega, GA

Jeremy & Michelle Butler- Dahlonega, GA

I would like to nominate my son-in-Law, daughter and two granddaughters (The Butler family) for a dream vacation. Jeremy has honorably served in the military for 20 years as a US Army Ranger. He’s completed over 5 years of combat deployments and most recently completed an 18-month unaccompanied assignment in Saudi Arabia. Jeremy received a Purple Heart for injuries sustained in an IED attack on his last deployment to Afghanistan. He was recently in a military parachute training accident in March 2019. He’s recovering from an open tibia/fibula fracture in his right leg and received a metal rod and screw implants to correct the injury. Through it all, Michelle has worked tirelessly as a supportive military spouse. During the last 4 years, Michelle has volunteered countless hours as the head coach of their local recreational cheerleading squad. Her community outreach and support to many young ladies epitomize what a military spouse should be. Like many military families, they spend most of their leave time visiting family due to changing duty stations far away. This wonderful team deserves a vacation of their own for their combined sacrifices for others. I know they would enjoy this much deserved R&R! Please consider the Butler family for the dream vacation. Jeremy is currently stationed in North Georgia as a US Army Ranger instructor. They could use the vacation considering what they have been through these past few months.

Randy Dollar- LaGrange, GA

Randy Dollar- LaGrange, GA

Randy Dollar- LaGrange, GA

I recommend my father Randy Dollar. He is US Marine, Vietnam veteran with 2 purple hearts. He has done so much for the community. After the Marines he went into law enforcement, after being made to retire because of health issues he and my mom started Foster parenting. They fostered over 150 kids and adopted 1. Since then, his wife has battled stage 4 lung cancer for 6 years. He took care of our family during that. Later I, his daughter was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. He helped us all through that. Then, last year he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He's went through several radiation treatments but has never during the course of all this stopped giving and doing for his community. He's been recognized several times as marine of the year. He gives his all every single year for toys for tots. Our whole family participates. He had to give up riding his motorcycle for veteran funerals which he was honored to do. He's very well loved in our community and everyone that knows him knows he would give the shirt off his back to help anyone. Our family has been through a lot but has never stopped giving and doing for others. I proudly nominate my daddy for being the hero he is not only for this great nation but for our family and community as well.

The Nalls Family- Marietta, GA

The Nalls Family- Marietta, GA

The Nalls Family- Marietta, GA

If I could, I would nominate every servicemember for this vacation. Since I cannot, I nominate the Nalls family. They are a dual serving family with 5 kids. In the last 7 years I have known them, they have sacrificed so much in service to our Country. Marcel has deployed three times with the Georgia Army National Guard. He has served as Cadre at the Warrior Transition Center, while geographically separated from his wife, SSG Joyelle Nalls. When the 48th IBCT received their deployment notification, he volunteered to deploy without hesitation. SSG Joyelle Nalls was geographically separated from the family when she took an assignment to the 108th in Calhoun, GA. Due to the up-tempo of the unit, she sacrificed 1.5 years away from her children. SSG Marcel Nalls is a 90% disabled vet who still believes to service to Country over service to self. They are both the epitome of what a noncommissioned officer should be. This vacation would allow Marcel to reintegrate with his family after being separated for nearly 2.5 years. This will allow Joyelle time to make the memories she missed when she relocated to Calhoun, GA.

Michael Norwood- Commerce, GA

Michael Norwood- Commerce, GA

Michael Norwood- Commerce, GA

Michael Norwood first began military service in the United States Air Force. He honorably served and then joined the Gwinnett County Fire Department family. If that wasn't enough, he realized that his service in the Armed Forces was still needed and he joined the United States Air Force Reserve. He not only had to navigate a career that kept him at the fire station for 24 hours at a time but also with the stress of months long deployments all while being a great father and husband. Sounds like a real live hero right? Well his wife Ashley felt the calling to serve and joined the Gwinnett County Fire Department as well. They are now both serving their country in more ways than can be counted. Furthermore, Michael eventually decided that being a firefighter and paramedic was not enough and joined the elite swift water rescue team that is responsible for responding to floods and other water related calls such as, missing persons and people in distress. This family has done all of this and still doesn't hesitate to help friends move in and out of new homes and more. Please consider this wonderful group for this heartfelt symbol of gratitude. God Bless our United States of America.

Jeffrey Rice- Warner Robins, GA

Jeffrey Rice- Warner Robins, GA

Jeffrey Rice- Warner Robins, GA

My husband, a Georgia Academy for the Blind graduate (Macon, GA), is legally blind. Whenever I was away on military duty, he was the “glue” keeping our family intact. I rose in ranks from Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel as an Army Reservist with peace of mind knowing that our son and daughter were well cared for. This organist (over 35 years) ensured family business was handled–cooking, cleaning and grooming (including combing our daughter’s hair into complimentary (from teachers) hairstyles). In the mornings, he walked our children to the Crossing Guard at the curb then made his way back home. After school, he was intentionally visible when they walked home to an awaiting snack. Once homework was complete, he served dinners that included conversations about their day at school. Today, our son, a United States Military Academy graduate and active duty Captain with his own family, is a second-generation service member stationed in South Korea. Having a solid foundation with support from my husband, Gregory Rice, Sr. was vital. My husband lives by the saying “Palm Trees Bend but Never Break” (also the title of his YouTube video). A family vacation when our son returns is needed.



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