Wounded Warrior Project fires top execs


Wounded Warrior Project

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SAN DIEGO - One of the largest veterans charities, the Wounded Warriors Project, has fired its CEO and COO, according to CBS News.

The move comes amid allegations the organization spent millions of dollars on lavish trips, parties, hotels, and administrative costs.

A representative for the organization did not return a request for comment from FOX 5.

Wounded Warrior Project's CEO Steven Nardizzi, and COO Al Giordano were fired by the charity's board Thursday afternoon. A local agency that reviews nonprofits is now telling donors to give their gifts elsewhere following the move.

"If a donor wants to be thoughtful and impactful can make that gift to other organizations and it will be more meaningful," said Greg Hillgren, Chairman for The Patriots Initiative. "It’s going to take them a while now that they’ve made this decision to regain public trust and confidence but its important that they do."

Hellgren's agency failed the Wounded Warrior Project on their list of non-profits the past four years.

According to the charity's tax forms obtained by CBS News, spending on conferences and meetings went from $1.7 million in 2010, to $26 million in 2014, which is the same amount the group spends on combat stress recovery.

"The pressure has been building as scrutiny across the country has started to grow and people understood what was happening with the metrics," said Hillgren.

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