deputy executive director
A disabled veteran of the US Marine Corps, Al Giordano served on active duty from 1981 to 1985 and was recalled to duty for the Persian Gulf War from 1991 to 1993.
Holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Dominican College and a law degree from Seton Hall, Al is a co-founder of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) and serves as deputy executive director for the national nonprofit organization.
In this post, Al oversees all WWP program services for injured service members and veterans of the current conflicts. Programs under Al's leadership include claims filing, sports rehabilitation, outdoor recreation, legislation, peer mentoring, in-hospital counseling, backpacks, and family assistance programs.
Prior to the birth of WWP, Al played an integral role in the world of veterans service as an extremely knowledgeable and talented advocate, particularly for those with wartime disabilities. Along the way, Al became skilled in working with local, state, and federal officials, and his talents in management and leadership grew stronger day-by-day – all of which prepared him for the role he plays at WWP today.
From 1993 to 2002, Al worked for Disabled American Veterans, rising to supervisor of one of the organization's largest and most important offices, the New York City National Service Office. From 2002 to 2005, he played an integral role in the development of veterans' claims as a national service officer in the New York City office of the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association.
"Taking part in the creation and ongoing development of Wounded Warrior Project has been the most exciting challenge I've ever taken on," says Al. "The joy just keeps getting better as our team watches incredible change take place in the lives of wounded troops. These young people have given so much for our country. To be able to give something back to them is the great reward of my life."