Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Self-Inflicted Harm Wounded Warrior Project Leaders Lived Too Large

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Self-Inflicted Harm Wounded Warrior Project Leaders Lived Too Large

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The men and women who have served in the U.S. military deserve the gratitude of all Americans. Those wounded in the line of duty deserve every form of assistance, from the government that deployed them and from charities devoted to supplement their needs.

They deserve better than what the Wounded Warrior Project became in their name - a self-perpetuating fundraiser that delivered only 60 percent of its resources to veterans. Last week, the nonprofit's CEO, Steve Nardizzi, and its chief operating officer, Al Giordano, were fired after various news reports detailed excessive spending on perks, travel and company gatherings.

John Melia, injured as a Marine while serving in Somalia in 1992, founded WWP in 2003 with modest goals, providing backpacks full of necessities to veterans recovering in U.S. …

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