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Five Star Veterans Center gets facelift

5:41 PM, Oct 24, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A team of volunteers tackled a home renovation project giving a housing wing at the Five Star Veterans Center a new look for vets.

Home Depot supplied the materials and scores of volunteers who remodeled eight rooms from top to bottom.

"For all of us it is just about giving back, saying thank you to our veterans," said Helena Mitrovich who was one of 40 volunteers who tackled painting, sheetrock and plumbing chores.

Army reservist Rolland Byron jumped into help too by doing electrical work.

"It is just great to give back to them," said Byron.

Colonel Len Loving who is the center's director says the help comes at the right time.

"Let's put it this way, we are on the edge of the woods looking down the road to the future," said Loving.

The center until recently was the Allied Veterans Center, but the name was changed following a statewide crackdown on Allied Veterans of the World internet cafes. The vets center had gotten financial support from Allied Veterans.

Five Star sought and did receive from the state notice it is legally not associated with Allied Veterans which Loving says will help in getting donations.

The center near Regency currently is helping 18 veterans get back on their feet.

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