Ryan Kules

Editor's note: A combat wounded veteran, Ryan served in the U.S. Army as an armor officer assigned to 1st Battalion, 13th Armor Regiment. While deployed to Iraq in 2005, his vehicle was hit with an improvised explosive device buried in the road. He works as the Wounded Warrior Project's national Combat Stress Recovery Program director.

On Nov. 29, 2005, my life changed forever. I was a 24-year-old U.S. Army armor captain deployed to Taji, Iraq, when my vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. On that day, I lost two of my soldiers, Sgts. Jerry Mills and Donald Hasse, and I lost my right arm and left leg.

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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin

In its 15-year history, Wounded Warrior Project has the distinction of being one of the fastest-growing charities in history and one of the most rapidly shrinking.

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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin

A senator’s investigation into the Wounded Warrior Project after allegations of lavish spending last year has concluded that there were problems, but the organization is working to repair them.

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Associated Press photo by Andrew Harnik

“You've risked all that you have, all that you possess, to keep our people safe and our democracy secure,” President Donald Trump Trump told a crowd of wounded veterans on Thursday, as he welcomed them to the White House.

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U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin

Wounded Warrior Project has begun to cut the size of its 600-person workforce as it hits the reset button after months of upheaval at the Jacksonville-based organization, which faced a backlash after media reports in January questioned its spending practices.

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AP Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais

According to CBS News, the board of directors for the Wounded Warrior Project has voted to fire its chief executive officer and chief operating officer, Steve Nardizzi and Al Giordano, respectively, following multiple media reports of wasteful spending by the massive veterans charity.

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