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Five Star Veterans Center making a comeback

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Updated: 11/11/2013 8:40 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Five Star Veterans Center is rebuilding from scratch.

It had to when its main sponsor, Allied Veterans of the World, shut down in the wake of the charity scandal last March.

Col. Len Loving says the organization is standing on its own two feet.

"We see the light at the end of the tunnel," said Loving. "We got two or three situations that are currently favorable for us."

Home Depot is funding renovations to the center's north wing, a move that should double the amount of veterans the center can take in.

"That's our goal. I'd love to see us up to 40-45 people here on a daily basis doing the things that we're trying to do, to help them get back on their feet," said Loving.

In addition to the donations that are piling in from all over the country, Center State Bank is providing the organization with a new line of credit.

"What that does for us is gives us a little bit of a comfort level so if we run into the extra thousand dollars for a utility bill or something, we got that opportunity to go through that line of credit," said Loving.

It's the first big step to recovery for an organization devoted to the recovery of local veterans.
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