WOUNDED HEROES FUND MISSION
To act as a service organization for those veterans and their families affected by the war on terror in an effort to provide them with support and appreciation they need for a healthy return to civilian life.
NOTE: WHF recognizes that not all wounds of war are visible. Decisions on financial assistance are made on a case-by-case basis by the WHF board, taking into account the needs of veterans based on their military medical backgrounds and current situations.
The Wounded Heroes Fund is a service organization with the specific purpose of assisting the men and women of our armed forces. Those looking for a way to repay the service of our military men and women can come together under the banner of WHF and contribute funds, time or their own unique skills and services.
- WHF board members do not receive compensation, and our events are staffed by local veterans using the work-study program and paid by their G.I. Bill benefits or volunteers.
- The WHF board is comprised of both current and past members of the armed services as well as prominent members of local businesses and various local service organizations.
- Thousands have already contributed to the mission of WHF either through donations of time, time, money, and labor - or by attending our events to support our local heroes.
On September 11, 2001 America was reminded just how important our Military is. Since that day, Kern County has had no shortage of brave men and women volunteer to protect our Nation from those that would see it fall.
Unfortunately, our service members do not always return home in the same shape that they left. Some are injured visibly, others still with injuries not noticeable, and all return affected by their service.
Part of the WHF mission is to support those veterans that need help, no matter what type of help they may need.
Board approved financial grants: WHF grants are what sets WHF apart from the pack. They are approved based on need, not type. Some examples of past grants are: family travel expenses, grocery money for families of deployed heroes, funds to adapt homes for wheelchair accessibility. We have given out $113,820.92 in grants for the 2016 year for our local veterans.
Community Network: WHF has connected veterans with employers, medical professionals, mortgage specialists, universities, housing opportunities, etc., often avoiding costs of services.
Vet-together Program: WHF funded outings so that groups of veterans with their common backgrounds can bond while experiencing something new.
Event Staffing/Organization: As WHF has become recognized as a powerful local network, various other organizations have utilized WHF to help plan and staff volunteers for their military support events.
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.
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 Hospitality 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.