Wounded Heroes Fund helps veterans

BY D. Beasley

The Kern River Valley Wounded Heroes Fund will distribute food baskets on Thursday to veterans whose incomes have been reduced because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The baskets include items such as eggs, butter, cheese, milk, chicken, ground beef, bacon, fruits, vegetables and orange juice, Executive Administrative Assistant Erica Schabschlager told the Kern Valley Sun. The baskets are distributed monthly at the Wounded Hero Fund headquarters at 3121 Standard St. in Bakersfield. Call 661-328-8600 to sign up.

It’s one of many programs offered by the organization, which was founded in 2008 by Wendy Porter.

The nonprofit organization helps Kern County veterans transition to civilian life by providing resources to find jobs, homes and other assistance, Schabschlager said. COVID-19 has only increased the demand for assistance.

“This year, with COVID-19, we have been able to help veterans with their rent and mortgage payments,” she said.

There is also assistance for veterans who are returning to school. Additionally, the group provides training of service dogs and offers horseback-riding therapy for veterans. It even offers cooking classes for veterans and their spouses.

The organization will offer food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas as well.

“We serve a minimum of 100 veteran families,” Schabschlager told the Sun. “They get everything from the turkey down to the butter, everything they need for a holiday meal.”

Since July, the group has been hosting drive-in movies monthly at the Kern County Raceway to raise funds for the organization, Schabschlager said. Local restaurants and caterers have been selling food at the events, which has helped during the COVID-19 slowdown. The next show will be Friday, featuring the movie “Beetlejuice.”

On Oct. 30, the group will offer another fundraising event, “An Evening with an American Hero,” highlighting the veteran Matt Perry, a retired member of the Bakersfield Police Department bomb squad.

The Wounded Heroes Fund moved into a new facility on Standard Street this year.

“We have a kitchen— that’s where we’re going to do our cooking classes— we have a multi-purpose room where we do our paint nights,” Schabschlager said. “We are a one-stop shop.”

The group tries to provide services that aren’t being offered by other veterans programs. On the group’s website, veterans can sign up for a monthly newsletter that provides updates on the services offered. It is also currently looking for volunteers to help make sandwiches on Nov. 2 for a fundraiser.

For more information, call 661-328-8600 or visit the website at www.thewoundedheroesfund.org.

Since July, the group has been hosting drive-in movies monthly at the Kern County Raceway to raise funds for the organization, Schabschlager said. Local restaurants and caterers have been selling food at the events, which has helped during the COVID-19 slowdown. The next show will be Friday, featuring the movie “Beetlejuice.”

On Oct. 30, the group will offer another fundraising event, “An Evening with an American Hero,” highlighting the veteran Matt Perry, a retired member of the Bakersfield Police Department bomb squad.

The Wounded Heroes Fund moved into a new facility on Standard Street this year.

“We have a kitchen— that’s where we’re going to do our cooking classes— we have a multi-purpose room where we do our paint nights,” Schabschlager said. “We are a one-stop shop.”

The group tries to provide services that aren’t being offered by other veterans programs. On the group’s website, veterans can sign up for a monthly newsletter that provides updates on the services offered. It is also currently looking for volunteers to help make sandwiches on Nov. 2 for a fundraiser.

For more information, call 661-328-8600 or visit the website at www.thewoundedheroesfund.org.

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