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Wounded Warrior Project Fires Top Executives Following Damning Media Reports
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.
A January CBS News investigative report found more than 40 employees of the charity who were critical of Wounded Warrior Project’s leadership and spending habits. The CBS report detailed lavish spending on staff retreats and other expenses, reportedly at the expense of programs for veterans.
Since being founded in 2003 by Nardizzi; Giordano; and John Melia, who left the organization in 2009; Wounded Warrior Project catapulted to become the top veterans charity in the country, raising more than $1 billion, more than $800 million of that over the past four years.
Recently, however, Wounded Warrior Project has grown to be the subject of criticism. A series of articles by Tim Mak at the Daily Beast criticized the operation of the organization.
“They’re laser-focused on making money to help vets, but forgetting to help vets,” an unnamed veterans advocate told the Daily Beast in September 2014. “It’s becoming one of the best known charities in America—and they’re not spending their money very well.”
Among the most damning claims in the CBS News investigation was a claim by employees that during a lavish staff retreat at a Colorado resort in 2014, Nardizzi entered one of the events on horseback. In total, the event cost donors more than $3 million.
According to CBS News, in firing Nardizzi and Giordano, the board was acting on the preliminary results of a financial and policy audit launched following the reports from CBS News, the New York Times, and others.
The USS Eagle 56 was only five miles off the coast of Maine when it exploded.
The World War I-era patrol boat split in half, then slipped beneath the surface of the North Atlantic. The Eagle 56 had been carrying a crew of 62. Rescuers pulled 13 survivors from the water that day. It was April 23, 1945, just two weeks before the surrender of Nazi Germany.
The U.S. Navy classified the disaster as an accident, attributing the sinking to a blast in the boiler room. In 2001, that ruling was changed to reflect the sinking as a deliberate act of war, perpetuated by German submarine U-853, a u-boat belonging to Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine.
Still, despite the Navy's effort to clarify the circumstances surrounding the sinking, the Eagle 56 lingered as a mystery. The ship had sunk relatively close to shore, but efforts to locate the wreck were futile for decades. No one could find the Eagle 56, a small patrol ship that had come so close to making it back home.
Then, a group of friends and amateur divers decided to try to find the wreck in 2014. After years of fruitless dives and intensive research, New England-based Nomad Exploration Team successfully located the Eagle 56 in June 2018.
Business Insider spoke to two crew members — meat truck driver Jeff Goodreau and Massachusetts Department of Corrections officer Donald Ferrara — about their discovery.
These CIA officers were the first US boots on the ground in Afghanistan after 9/11 — and one was 'Marine Todd'
Before the 5th Special Forces Group's Operational Detachment Alpha 595, before 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment's MH-47E Chinooks, and before the Air Force combat controllers, there were a handful of CIA officers and a buttload of cash.
The last time the world saw Marine veteran Austin Tice, he had been taken prisoner by armed men. It was unclear whether his captors were jihadists or allies of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad who were disguised as Islamic radicals.
Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
"Shoots like a carbine, holsters like a pistol." That's the pitch behind the new Flux Defense system designed to transform the Army's brand new sidearm into a personal defense weapon.
Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."