Episode 25

Published on:

13th Nov 2020

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  


Nestle-Purina Petcare: https://www.purina.com/

St. Louis Pet Lover’s Coalition: https://www.facebook.com/STLPetloverCoalition/

USO of Missouri: https://www.usomissouri.org/what-we-do/facilities/ft-leonard-wood/

Connect with Kelly:

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)




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Animal Academy Podcast
Animal Academy Podcast
The stories of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the Human-Animal connection. Listen as Allison White showcases professionals who share their areas of expertise in an ongoing series of interviews that will help us all understand that WE are the ones that actually end up learning – from the Animals. This is – The Animal Academy Podcast.

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Allison White

Allison is a licensed clinical social worker and Veterinary Social Worker who has been working in the mental health field for over 28 years. She has been involved in programs that value the human-animal connection including participating in animal-assisted therapy, obedience, agility, conformation, herding and field work with her dogs. When her dogs encountered sports-related injuries, she was introduced to the field of canine rehabilitation and sport’s medicine. When dogs faced chronic health issues, Allison, too, suffered from Compassion Fatigue, which can occur when taking care of loved ones, including animals as well as people. This led Allison to complete extensive training in Compassion Fatigue and then go on to present this information for the benefit of helping others in the health care environment and animal caregivers.
Allison’s passion has been to recognize this human-animal bond and what we can learn from animals, which improves our own quality of life by allowing us to experience their unconditional love, devotion and intelligence. We can all learn from the animals.