Vivian Greentree

Daily Point of Light # 4726 Mar 20, 2012

Vivian Greentree is a Navy veteran, military spouse and mother of two little boys. She helped start Blue Star Families, the national military-support organization. She volunteered with Blue Star Families for more than 20 hours a week for two years while her husband was deployed.

As membership director she helped build an interactive network of more than 20 volunteer-based chapters across the country. Now she serves as director of research and policy where she is responsible for all aspects of their research and policy agenda.

In her community, Greentree routinely gives input into issues like military spouse employment, effects of deployment on children, and the stress related to operational tempo of our forces. She created a program called Operation Appreciation, where civilian members of communities can send letters of support to military families.

The Operation Appreciation program lived in her spare bedroom for a year before they raised enough money to become more stable. In addition, Greentree will soon receive her PhD in public administration. At her school she spearheaded the effort to start a military alliance and also helped to create a public service minor within her department.

As part of the public service minor promotion, she helps with Public Service Week; last year she organized a "Women in Public Service Roundtable." She also organized the Veteran's Day service event where they packed more than 400 care packages for military families. Her devotion to her community, specifically members of our military and their families is what makes Greentree a Daily Point of Light.