BAKERSFIELD, CA-- Wednesday is your chance to enjoy a tri-tip lunch and help our local wounded heroes.
"I think we did 2,000 sandwiches last year, and we are planning on 2,500 this year,” said Wendy Porter, Executive Director of the Wounded Heroes Fund.
It's one of the largest fundraisers of the year for the non-profit, and 88 cents on the dollar goes to help veterans in need.
“We do everything from the big stuff to build homes,” Porter said. “If they are waiting for their benefits to (making) sure they have a roof over their head, they have a car to drive, they have food on their table for their families."
One of the benefactors from the Wounded Heroes Fund is Evan Morgan, a local Marine who was wounded in Iraq. Morgan was so grateful for the help the fund gave him, he now sits on its board of directors.
"Really what sets Wounded Heroes apart from other non-profits is other than helping veterans, there is no specific mission to it,” Morgan said. “(Like) helping veterans getting a car or helping veterans get a home. It's just helping veterans."
It wasn't just the help that Morgan received, he says the sense of belonging to a team again gives his life meaning.
"I almost get more help out of participating in the helping of other people,” Morgan said. “That is kinda my gap to fill I guess. It's having a purpose."
Wednesday's Wounded Heroes Fund barbecue runs 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. right outside the KGET studios at 22nd and L Streets in downtown Bakersfield. For $10, you get a tri-tip sandwich, chips, a drink and a cookie.
But one of the most important parts. You get the satisfaction that you are helping our local wounded heroes.