Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Appoints New CEO

Thu Mar 5, 2009 3:00pm EST

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)
announced today the naming of Steven Nardizzi as Chief Executive Officer of
the organization, a non-profit whose mission is to honor and empower wounded
warriors. Nardizzi is the successor to WWP Founder John Melia who will remain
affiliated and involved with the organization. 

"I am humbled and honored that Wounded Warrior Project's Board of Directors
has provided me the opportunity to lead the WWP team into the future. My
pledge to our warriors, their families, our donors and supporters is that we
will continue to serve with the same passion and dedication as WWP's great
Founder, John Melia," stated Nardizzi. "Teamwork has always been and will
remain the underlying character strength of this organization and I have no
doubt that we will see continued success and growth in the years to come." 

John Melia, who founded WWP in 2003, recently made the difficult decision to
pursue other opportunities but will remain an active member of the WWP family.
Melia will continue to assist WWP in various capacities, including resource
development and public relations. 

"My heart will remain with Wounded Warrior Project for a lifetime," said
Melia. "I believe the pieces are firmly in place for Steve and the rest of the
incredible WWP staff to ensure this is the most successful, well-adjusted
generation of veterans in our nation's history." 

Nardizzi helped Melia found Wounded Warrior Project and most recently served
as Deputy Executive Director of Operations, managing all back end operations,
including fundraising, marketing, finance and legal matters. He also helped
found Soldier Ride, a rehabilitative cycling program for wounded warriors.

About Wounded Warrior Project:
Wounded Warrior Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor
and empower wounded warriors. WWP serves to raise awareness and enlist the
public's aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, to help
severely injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide
unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. For more
information, please call 877 TEAM WWP (832-6997) or visit

SOURCE  Wounded Warrior Project

Ayla Hay of Meridian Group, +1-800-294-3840, ayla@themeridiangroup.com, for
Wounded Warrior Project
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