CEO: Layoffs expected in Wounded Warrior Project overhaul

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – The Wounded Warrior Project’s new CEO says he expects layoffs at the veterans charity scrutinized for its spending.

Michael Linnington took over the Jacksonville-based nonprofit in July. In an interview with The Florida Times-Union, Linnington said layoffs and cuts to funding for smaller veterans groups are expected as part of a restructuring.

The charity employs 600 people. Allegations from employees, veterans and charity watchdogs about its wasteful spending were reported in January by The New York Times and CBS News.

Linnington said details about the restructuring will be announced in September, but employees know some jobs and some executives’ salaries will be cut.

Linnington said his salary is $280,000. The newspaper reports that’s $193,000 less than the previous CEO’s salary, according to the most recent tax documents available.

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