Meet every day hero, Kelly Brownfield.

There are everyday heroes all around us. Many times they just do what they do because they love it, Kelly Brownfield is one of those people according to Behavioral Health Counseling Associates (BHCA).

BHCA said there is importance in drawing attention to those who help Missouri children and their families improve their quality of life, which is why they have the Mental Health Hero program.

The Mental Health Hero for the month of June is Kelly Brownfield, director of the Fort Leonard Wood USO.

Many who know her, know what a kind and compassionate heart she has.

She has given above and beyond for the last 8 years to do her part in improving the lives of military service members and their dependents, according to BHCA.

BHCA said Brownfield puts a great amount of time and energy into the running of the USO and its various programs.

She has worked hard to make a home away from home for all the soldiers and the families that come to visit the USO on Fort Leonard Wood.

Brownfield’s dog Bandit is usually not far behind her. Bandit is the first therapy dog to be introduced to a USO in the United States.

Bandit can be found wandering around the USO from group to group of people or napping in Brownfield’s office. Bandit seems to add almost a sense of home to the USO.

The Daily Guide spoke with Tabitha Hundt, provisionally licensed professional counselor and the Project Heroes Coordinator for Missouri Behavioral Health Counseling Associates about Brownfield’s nomination.

Hundt explained, “She interacts with service members regularly and enjoys helping those who are in need. She takes Bandit to various places, from the USO to the St. James Veterans Home, to the Fort Leonard Wood Hospital, to brighten others' day and provide comfort.”

The Mental Health Hero of the month is nominated by the public and then the board of directors and clinical staff of Behavioral Health Counseling Associates vote on a new hero each month. There is usually a pool of 3 to 5 people.

Hundt said that the Mental Health Hero is, “Someone who displays good leadership and promotes good mental health in some way. These people can be volunteers, teachers, doctors, law enforcement, or someone who helps the community in someway. We believe that those who show high standards of excellence and exceptional commitment to the job should be recognized.”

If you would like to nominate a Mental Health Hero you can do so by messaging their Facebook page: Facebook.com/MBHCATeam or by going to mbhca.org and filling out a form on the "Mental Health Heroes" section on their page.