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Connecticut Wounded Warrior Projects react to fallout of CEO, COO firings

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Connecticut residents expressed outrage Friday after the resignation of two top executives of the Wounded Warrior Project.

The board of directors of the non-profit organization fired their chief executive officer Steven Nardizzi and chief operating officer Al Giordano.

These firings come after a CBS News report found the organization spent close to half of their funding on extravagant employee parties and conferences.

The organization also conducted their own six-week investigation.

Connecticut volunteers and residents expressed relief over the firings on Friday.

Chrissy Monaco, of Glastonbury, donated to veteran organizations for years and comes from a family of veterans. However, Monaco has always been cautious of the Wounded Warriors Project.

 "We had heard a few years back that maybe some of that weird business going on that not all the money is going to who you think it’s going to," said Monaco.

Instead, she and her family work with a different organization.

"We are teamed up with Wounded Warrior Family Support, which is completely separate, has nothing to do with Wounded Warriors,” Monaco said. “And they give all the money back to the families that are completely effected by the injured," Monaco explained.

According to CBS News, the organization raised $300 million in 2014, but spent $26 million on the lavish conferences.

Senator Richard Blumenthal commented Friday on the organizations spending.

"This organization has to refocus on its mission of helping veterans and restore trust because there's been too much on overhead, compensation, travel, pay to others who don't really perform for the mission,” Blumenthal said.

The chairman of the organization said they are “refocusing now on the men and women who bravely fought for our country.” 

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