JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Allied Veterans Center is caught in the fallout of the internet cafe racketeering investigation into Allied Veterans of the World. The center helps veterans get back on their feet, but now they're fighting to keep the doors open.
Allied Veterans Center CEO and retired Colonel Len Loving will never forget the day he learned about the Allied Veterans of the World scandal.
"It was like getting hit in the back of the head with a stick or two by four," he explained.
An officer was waiting to tell him the news in front of the facility. Since that time, Loving said he's stopped accepting donations, because he didn't know if they were going to lose this building to a government seizure, since the majority of the cash -- $1.3 million to buy and refurbish the facility -- came from Allied. For now, he believes this building is okay.
But because of the close connection between the two organizations, there is some uncertainty.
"The organization was by Allied Veterans of the World, they created the Allied Veterans Center, Inc," Loving said.
With 25 military vets calling this home, Loving said his entire staff, including himself are working for free, except for the chef. He said a name change is imminent, to escape the connection to the now disgraced group that once supported this organization.
"The door is open, come see it for yourself and then you make your own evaluation," he said.
First Coast News