By Lt. Marshall Denning, AA/Public Information Officer
Kern Valley State Prison

Staff at Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) have used their resources and charitable vision to participate in food sale events in 2014 which ultimately helped support one of the local non-profit organizations, The Wounded Heroes Fund of Kern County.

The staff’s efforts resulted in a $2,500 donation to the Wounded Heroes Fund. The charity’s sponsors drew the attention of The Bakersfield Californian newspaper and KVSP was listed as a Bronze Level Sponsor in the Friday, Nov. 21, edition of the newspaper.

Warden Martin Biter quoted First Lady Barbara Bush to describe the efforts of his staff.

“Well, look at what people are doing for returned veterans now. The wounded warriors, they’re working hard to make the wounded veterans feel that they are loved and welcomed home, unlike Vietnam. It was not a very kind, gentle world then. I think we are kinder and gentler,” the Warden repeated Barbara Bush’s words.

The Wounded Heroes Fund (WHF) is a community-wide organization dedicated to providing assistance to service men and women returning home from the battlegrounds of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wendy Porter, the daughter of a Vietnam veteran, realized more needed to be accomplished, especially for service members and their families to resume life after war. She could not help her father and other returning Vietnam veterans.

However, as Executive Director of the Wounded Heroes Fund, she is leading the effort to help the men and women who fought for our freedom in the Middle East. For more information about the Wounded Heroes Fund check their website at

(Editor’s Note: Some websites may not be accessible by CDCR computers.)


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