Providing Emotional Support for Our Military Through the USO with Kelly Brownfield


Life often takes us places we never could have anticipated. Even military brat Kelly Brownfield can attest to this. Kelly grew up in Germany and returned to her home state, South Carolina, after graduation. Despite her constant moves, life surprised her when it urged her to move to Missouri, and many more surprises accompanied her. She landed an opportunity to work with the USO, and the most special dog fell right into her lap. Kelly shares how she’s leveraged these gifts and established programs for the USO to further support families and children in a plethora of ways. Join Allison in this conversation with Kelly Brownfield to hear more about her story. 

Show Highlights: 

  • Kelly shares how she got involved in an animal career 
  • Kelly talks about her experiences growing up in Germany 
  • What inspired Kelly to move 
  • Why you have to be willing to fail and take a leap 
  • How Kelly got a job at the USO 
  • How Kelly got various programs implemented in the USO
  • The story of how Kelly got Bandit 
  • Programs Bandit went through 
  • What is the USO therapy dog program 
  • How animals break down emotional barriers 
  • What inspired Kelly to adopt more Great Danes 
  • What it takes to care for and train Great Danes 
  • Focusing on military wellness and bringing families together 
  • How you can use disabilities to benefit others
  • The power of teamwork
  • Changes that have happened because of COVID 
  • How to incorporate your passions into your life  


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Kelly Brownfield

Western Missouri Regional Operations Director


USO of Missouri, Inc.

Fort Leonard Wood USO

805 Iowa Ave.

Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473

cell: 573-433-5860 


573.362.3648 (fax)


[email protected]