Bruce G. Nitsche
special projects executive vice president
A combat-wounded veteran, Bruce Nitsche sacrificed both of his legs to a land mine while on patrol in Vietnam as a forward observer with the Army's 101st Airborne Division. Although this injury ended his military career, Bruce found a new purpose to serve his fellow wounded veterans.
While his dedication to wounded service members has taken many forms over the years, Bruce is most honored to be a founding board member of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP). “It’s a wonderful opportunity to be a part of an organization that is truly dedicated to our nation’s heroes and their families,” says Bruce.
After serving as a board director, Bruce joined WWP as an employee in 2006 and currently works as special projects executive vice president. On behalf of WWP's executive director, Bruce handles a broad spectrum of duties involving both the organization's services and administration, spanning from board relations to development of new programs for this generation of Wounded Warriors. In addition, Bruce oversees WWP’s International program and partnership with the American Red Cross.
Before joining WWP, Bruce served as outreach coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the Office of Seamless Transition, where he worked to ensure seriously wounded and sick troops moved smoothly and easily through their transition from the military to VA medical facilities. Prior to his promotion, Bruce represented the secretary of the VA establishing and maintaining lines of communication with a number of important constituencies on the secretary's behalf.
His career in veterans affairs began in 1973 with Disabled American Veterans (DAV), where Bruce played prominent roles in efforts that evolved the first pilot program for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, pushed the organization's membership past one million disabled veterans, and introduced new volunteer initiatives.