The Wounded Heroes Fund was started in 2008 by Wendy Porter. She is the granddaughter of two WWII Veterans and the daughter of a US Army Vietnam Veteran. She grew up experiencing the effect that war had on her father, and the ungrateful homecoming he received. She wanted to make sure that this did not happen to the young men and women who are currently fighting for our country.
Wendy has a Master’s Degree in education and was a teacher for 9 years in Delano. She decided to stay home when her daughter, Chloe (6) was born. Wendy had wanted to do something to give back to wounded veterans and their families, and being at home allowed for that dream to come to fruition. With the help of family and friends, the WHF was started.
Director of Programs and Outreach
Casey Schaubslager served in the United States Marine Corps. from 2002-2006 during OIF 1 & OIF 2. Casey was retired in 2006, struggling to re-adjust to the civilian life. He met Wendy Porter in 2009 and began his transition with Wounded Heroes Funds help. He Volunteered and eventually became a board of director for Wounded Heroes fund. He resigned as a Board of Director to pursue the opportunity of becoming the Outreach Director.
Executive Assistant to Wendy Porter
Erica is a proud Bakersfield native, who lives to help others in need. In 2014, she completed her AA degree from Taft college, and received a certificate of completion for grant writing in 2015. She started working part time for WHF back in 2012, and became a full time worker in the fall of 2015. Erica is also the proud wife of Marine Corps Veteran, Casey Schaubschlager.
Julio Torres (u.S.M.C. RET)
Program Director (Service Dog Program)
Julio Torres was given a service dog while in the Marine Corps. and saw the benefits that came with it. While returning to civilian life he used the love for his service dog to motivate him and train service dogs for other veterans who deal with transitioning to civilian life. Julio recently received California Veteran of the year Award 2016, Red Cross Military/ Veteran Hero 2016, and was also retired out of the Marine Corps. the same year.