Wounded Warrior Project recently announced that they are replacing their CEO with an Army veteran who is currently the director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
Michael Linnington became the director of the military agency that is in charge of searching and identifying the remains of missing armed forces servicemen. He joined the agency last summer and intends on leaving them next month to become the next CEO of the Wounded Warrior Project, the nonprofit organization and charity that services veterans through a variety of programs and events.
When Linnington took charge, he made a drastic impact on the amount of identifications of missing servicemen. The agency had an abysmal track record for identifying missing servicemen. An internal Pentagon report called the agency, “wasteful, acutely dysfunctional and often mismanaged.” After taking charge, the number of identifications doubled.
The New York Times and CBS News reported that Wounded Warrior Project was spending 40-50% on overhead while other veterans charities only spend 10-15%. It was found that they spent a great deal of money on extravagant parties and high cost air travel. Top executives were fired shortly after the report.
Linnington is expected to lead the nonprofit organization and bring about positive results, similar to the success that he had at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.
“I’m very proud of the things we’ve done at the DPAA over the past year but I was approached by a group that needed some leadership in caring for our wounded warriors. I’m a 35-year soldier. I brought soldiers to combat and welcomed many of them home that were grievously wounded,” Linnington said in a phone interview with FOX News.
Linnington served as a Lieutenant General in The Army before joining the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.