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Wounded Warrior Project® Announces New Advisory Council

Jacksonville,  Fla.  (March  27,  2015)  -­‐  Wounded  Warrior  Project®  (WWP)  has  assembled  an  advisory  council  to  advance  the  current  and  future  work  of  WWP.  This  group  of  accomplished  community  leaders  will  provide  leadership  with  direction  that  will  help  achieve  WWP’s  vision  of  fostering  the  most  successful,  well-­‐adjusted  generation  of  wounded  service  members  in  our  nation’s  history.   

Created  by  WWP’s  leadership  team  and  board  of  directors,  the  advisory  council  includes  senior  government  officials,  current  and  former  service  members  and/or  caregivers,  corporate  or  major  donors,  C-­‐suite  executives,  and  national  figures  who  have  demonstrated  an  interest  in  the  WWP  mission  of  honoring  and  empowering  Wounded  Warriors.                                                                                           

“The  WWP  Advisory  Council  will  help  guide  the  direction  of  the  organization  and  navigate  its  future,”  says  WWP  chief  operating  officer  Al  Giordano.  “This  council  brings  a  wealth  of  experience  to  the  table  and  will  serve  as  an  invaluable  resource  as  we  strive  towards  our  goal  of  serving  100,000  warriors  by  2017  and  raising  $500  million  for  our  Long-­‐Term  Support  Trust.”   

Members  of  the  Council  include:   

Anthony  Principi  -­‐  WWP  Advisory  Council  Chair,  U.S.  Navy  veteran,  former  secretary  of  the  United  States  Department  of  Veterans  Affairs  (VA) 
Ron  Drach  -­‐  U.S.  Army  veteran,  former  national  employment  director  of  Disabled  American  Veterans  (DAV)  and  director  of  government  and  legislative  affairs  of  the  Department  of  Labor’s  Veterans  Employment  and  Training  Service  (VETS)
John  Loosen  -­‐  U.S.  Army  veteran,  former  VA  prosthetic  specialist 
Lieutenant  Colonel  Leo  Thorsness,  (Retired)  U.S.  Air  Force,  Congressional  Medal  of  Honor  (CMH)  recipient,  former  Washington  State  Senator,  serves  on  board  of  directors  for  the  CMH  Society,  CMH  Foundation,  and  America’s  Warrior  Partnership 
Ronald  Chez  -­‐  president  and  owner,  Ronald  L.  Chez,  Inc.,  chairman  of  the  board  of  Epiworks  and  the  Chez Family  Foundation 
Major  Matthew  Cavanaugh  -­‐  U.S.  Army  strategist  and  assistant  professor  at  U.S.  Military  Academy  (West  Point,  N.Y.) 
William  Tobin  -­‐  U.S.  Army  veteran,  board  of  directors  for  Engility  Holdings 
David  Gowel  -­‐  U.S.  Army  veteran,  chief  executive  officer,The greatest casualty is being forgotten.  RockTech ®
Edward  Meagher  -­‐  U.S.  Air  Force  veteran,  chief  operating  officer,  Information  Innovators  Inc. 
Lieutenant  General  Richard  Tryon,  (Retired)  U.S.  Marine  Corps,  former  commander  Marine  Corps  Forces  Europe 
Scott  Di  Valerio  -­‐  former  chief  executive  officer,  Outerwall 
Joe  McHugh  –  U.S.  Navy  veteran,  executive  director  of  advisory  services  practice,  Ernst  &  Young  LLP 

About  Wounded  Warrior  Project 

The  mission  of  Wounded  Warrior  Project®  (WWP)  is  to  honor  and  empower  Wounded  Warriors.  WWP’s  purpose  is  to  raise  awareness  and  to  enlist  the  public’s  aid  for  the  needs  of  injured  service  members,  to  help  injured  servicemen  and  women  aid  and  assist  each  other,  and  to  provide  unique,  direct  programs  and  services  to  meet  their  needs.  WWP  is  a  national,  nonpartisan  organization  headquartered  in  Jacksonville,  Florida.  To  get  involved  and  learn  more,  visit       

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