Julie Eshelman, Army Spouse
As a military spouse who has struggled with infertility for the last seven years, Julie found a lack of military-focused organizations ready to support struggles in family building. The combined challenges of infertility and the military lifestyle are consistently overlooked within the military community. Julie resolved to change that and use her voice to raise awareness, inspire change, and provide encouragement to military families like hers. As she started this journey, she soon realized how many people in the military community experienced similar struggles and she began empowering others to join her in raising awareness and advocacy.
Her own family’s experiences with infertility and the frustrations resulting from a lack of insurance coverage led her to the organization RESOLVE, a non-profit that advocates for infertility support. To change things for future military and veteran families, Julie began advocating in 2020 for pro-family building legislation that supports the military and veteran communities with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association’s annual Federal Advocacy Day. During Advocacy Day, Julie shared her personal story with Congressmembers to spread awareness of the challenges families face in both infertility and seeking treatment while moving every few years. In 2021, she joined RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day Volunteer Committee to help plan, recruit, and empower others to join in using their voices to create change. Then in 2022, RESOLVE worked with Julie to create a new military and veteran-focused subcommittee, Military & Veterans Taskforce, and asked her to lead it. Through this subcommittee, Julie recruited, trained, and supported military-connected advocates and educated non-military advocates on military service and family-building issues, empowering the volunteers to fight for our military and veteran families on Advocacy Day. After leading the Military & Veterans Taskforce for two years, Julie is now the Co-Chair for Advocacy Day 2024, helping to lead the Volunteer Committee and inspire the next generation of family-building advocates.