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Wounded Palm Beach County vets group battles over founders’ vision

By Fedor Zarkhin - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer



A wounded veteran of Iraq had a simple but compelling vision: to help veterans like himself by quickly getting them any of life’s essentials. For two years, he was president of a nonprofit that he maintains did just that, helping more than 1,000 veterans pay electric bills, buy gas and put food on their table.

Then the Marine veteran, Robert McKenna, became a victim of his own success. He recruited a five-member board of veterans, including a detective and a former judge, but he says the board broke with his vision, leading to his departure.

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