Wounded Warrior Project parts ways with execs amid reckless spending claims

The nonprofit organization recently refuted reports that it misuses donations by paying for expensive trips and events, but said it would ‘benefit from new leadership.’

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It’s unclear whether chief executive Steve Nardizzi and chief operating officer Al Giordano resigned or if board members removed the duo amid questions about the charity’s spending.

The move came in the wake of two reports—published by the The New York Times and CBS News in January—that revealed extravagant expenditures on events and travel.

Specifically cited among those reports is nearly $1 million that Wounded Warrior Project spent on a staff meeting at the posh Broadmoor hotel in Colorado where, The Times reports, “Nardizzi made his entrance by rappelling from a tower.”

“Their mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors, but what the public doesn’t see is how they spend their money,” Erick Millette, an army staff sergeant and a former motivational speaker for the project, told CBS News.

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