North of the River
VFW Post 10859 is dedicated to assisting Veterans and their Families throughout Kern County.
Buddy Poppy Distribution
Our primary means of assisting Veterans and their Families is through our efforts during the VFW's biannual Buddy Poppy Distribution. All funds collected are put into a relief fund that can only be used with the following guidelines:
(a) Aid, assistance, relief, and comfort of needy or disabled veterans or members of the Armed Forces and their dependents, and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.
(b) Maintenance and expansion of the VFW National Home for Children and other facilities devoted exclusively to the benefit and welfare of the dependents, widows, and orphans of disabled, needy or deceased veterans or members of the Armed Forces.
Veterans in Need
(c) Necessary expenses in providing entertainment, care, and assistance to hospitalized veterans or members of the Armed Forces.
(d) Veterans rehabilitation, welfare and service work.
(e) To perpetuate the memory of deceased veterans and members of the Armed Forces and to comfort their survivors.
(f) To foster true patriotism through historical and educational programs.
(g) Remission of dues of sick, needy or disabled members.
(h) Necessary expenses to support the relief fund such as the purchase of Buddy Poppies.
Pearl Harbor Breakfast (7 December)
Our annual Pearl Harbor Day Breakfast is conducted to honor that day. There is no cost to Veterans for the breakfast. The small amount we charge to others is established yearly to help offset the cost of the breakfast.
The location of this event varies from year to year. Be sure to check our calendar for additional information.
Santa Claus Pancake Breakfast
Our annual Santa Claus Pancake Breakfast is sponsored by the North of the River Parks and Recreation and conducted by our Auxiliary. The breakfast is normally held on the the first and second Saturday in December at the Community Center and at the Veterans Hall. Be sure to check our calendar for additional information.
Honor Flight Kern County (HFKC)
Honor Flight Kern County (HFKC) is one of 136 hubs from around the country that is part of the Honor Flight Network. HFKC is an all volunteer non-profit created to honor veterans of Kern County and surrounding areas and veterans as far away as the San Fernando Valley. There are approximately 46,000 veterans in Kern County with over 8,000 of them World War II and Korean Veterans. Our mission is to honor and send America’s veterans to Washington D.C. to see the memorials built in THEIR honor for their service to our country - at no cost to the veteran. Top priority is given to our most senior veterans - World War II veterans - and those from any conflict that are terminally ill – followed by Korean and Vietnam veterans. Every veteran accepted by HFKC for this honor travels at no cost to him/her due to the generosity of tax deductible donations from our community. The trips include all air and ground transportation, meals, overnight accommodations, and guided tours.
VFW Post 10859 supports the incredible efforts of this organization by sponsoring escorts. Escorts typically pay their own way or are sponsored by other organizations. When a Veteran of VFW Post 10859 is selected to tour with HFKC and requires an escort, we provide those needed funds to allow that Veteran the opportunity of a life time. Please Click Here to see a list of the Members of VFW Post 10859 who have attended Honor Flight Kern County.
Purple Heart Society Fund Raising Ball
Our VFW Post 10859 supports this annual event with the minimum purchase of two tables, additionally, our Auxiliary will purchase a third table. The funds allow the Military Order of Purple Heart, Kern Co. Chapter 604, assist veterans with mortgage cost, property taxes, utilities, transportation to jobs and appointments, assistance with veteran benefits and prepare and serve the annual "Holiday Feast" for the local National Guard Unit, an event that involves over 800 guests and volunteers. All services are provided by unpaid Purple Heart volunteers who pay their own expenses. The chapter is proud to state, their administrative overhead is minimal.
Kern County Annual Veterans Stand Down
As one of many active Veteran organizations of our community, we collaborate with other Veteran support organizations to bring a Hot Breakfast to the estimated 400 - 500 homeless Veterans that attend this event. Thanks to the support of our local stores, such as Walmart Neigborhood Market and Costco we are able to include eggs and bacon.
Veterans Helping Veterans Program
This program is not for Veterans in Distress: Our Pilot program, the "Veterans Helping Veterans Program," is a unique opportunity for Veterans and families of Veterans to assist each other in the Bakersfield area, including Greenacres, Oildale, and other close areas.
The program offers Veterans assistance with small Handyman projects around the house and yard, while providing compensation to Veterans that are unemployed or under-employed. No jobs are sanctioned that require a contractor and/or professional installers.
The program offers Veterans whom are unemployed or under-employed an opportunity to do small Handyman projects for other Veterans. The compensation to the working Veteran will assist him or her until their situation improves.
Note: Compensation is between the Veterans, the program or the Post does not receive any portion of the compensation given to our Veteran workers.
Veteran Research Group
What we Do:
We Honor All Veterans no mater the Era, Conflict, or Branch of Service.
We research the Military history of our VFW Post 10859 Members and create Military Tribute Pages to Honor those that have passed.
We research and list the Warriors and Heroes that paid the ultimate price in combat in the Military Heritage of Kern County.
3rd Friday is Cookie Day at the VA Clinic in Bakersfield. Every 3rd Friday the Auxiliary of VFW Post 10859 provides cookies and milk or juice to the Veterans at the Clinic. It starts at 10:00 a.m. and ends when the cookies run out or at Noon, whichever comes first.