To some, she is known as a former Notre Dame woman's basketball standout. To others, she's a war veteran, but Tuesday Danielle Green-Bryd was given the title "Hero of the Month" by the Homes for Heroes organization.
Homes for Heroes is a national program that started right after September 11th. It is a program that is in more than 40 states and just started here in Michiana last year.
Homes for heroes is a program that helps veterans with buying and selling homes, but this award is a way to do more than that. It’s a way to get away from the business and profit side and recognize a hero.
Thursday folks gathered outside the Vet Center in South Bend waiting to surprise Danielle with the award. Eventually after walking out she was present with the award along with flowers.
This is the 4th “Hero of the Month” award given out here in Michiana and they plan to continue and do it every month.
In order to be chosen someone has to nominate you, then all of those nominations get presented in front of a board and the winner is chosen. Because of all the things Danielle has done for her community and her country, she was chosen.
“She is back in Michiana serving those that serve. So, it’s not that she just went and served herself, and her story, a lot of people have heard her story before, but what impacted us was she is here serving and nobody knows about that,” says Homes for Heroes affiliate, Jim McKinnies.
“Receiving this award is quite an honor. When I receive awards like this I look at it as something bigger than me. I look at it as a team award for the South Bend Vet Center and what we do for the community,” says Danielle Green-Byrd.
Danielle says at the center they provide behavior counseling services to combat veterans. She says her experience while serving and having lost an arm herself, she can relate to those she is working with and understand what they are going through.