In early 2009, Mike and Wendy Porter invited a handful fo close friends to dinner. There, around the dining room table, Mike and Wendy shared the idea of helping out a local Veteran and his Family. The group of friends would put on a one time dinner and concert to raise funds and donate them. The event was called Salute to Our Local Heroes. This was to be a one time event, but fast forward and Wounded Heroes Fund is one of the most successful non profit organizations in Kern County. Mike , Wendy, their and friends and the community realized there was a huge gap that needed to be filled in order to help young veteran families transition to life in the civilian world. Wendy, the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, grew up knowing what it was like to have zero support for her father and her family knew this would be her mission.