The recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone.

It can be difficult for a veteran to feel comfortable back in society. As life goes on back in the states, it can seem like the country is unaware that there is a war raging on. Oftentimes, simply recognizing the sacrifices and the hardships that they have experienced can mean all the difference in the life of a veteran. Appreciation might not be as tangible as monetary assistance, but its impact is often more indelible.


Appreciation Programs

Annual “Salute To Our Local Heroes”: WHF’s flagship event, serves as a venue for the community to come together and personally thank our local heroes. Hosted annually in Bakersfield with a fantastic meal, entertainment, keynote speakers, and family fun.

Kern County Hospital-ity trips: WHF volunteers travel to military hospitals like Walter Reed, Brooke Army Medical Center, and Balboa National Naval Medical Center to prepare meals for our recently injured veterans. These facilities have been host to some of our local Wounded Heroes, and those veterans that aren’t from Kern County are shown a bit of what makes our community so special.

“Welcome Home” events: WHF hosts parties for returning local units and organizes greeting events for individual heroes returning home.
Fallen Hero memorial funds: WHF is working closely with the families of some of our local heroes who paid the ultimate price. These funds will be established for perpetuity in the spirit of the fallen heroes themselves, covering costs for endeavors that were close to their hearts, such as law enforcement academies or entrance fees for summer camps for deserving Kern County youths.