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7:44 PM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Allied Veterans Center is no longer. 

The center officially changed its name to the "5 Star Veterans Center".

The name change follows turmoil when a major supporter of the the center, Allied Veterans, was named and closed down by the state for allegedly running illegal gaming operations.

"We have reduced staff down to the bare bones," said Chief Operating Officer Len Loving who no longer accepts a salary.

Loving says only the cook who works seven days a week is on the payroll.  

The center reports it has about $30,000 to sustain operations  currently helping 25 homeless veterans.  

Loving says unless additional support comes in the center could only stay open until the end of June.

The name change comes as a new board of directors now in place to guide the center.

"We changed the name of the facility to 5 Star Veterans Center," said Loving who noted each star represents a branch in the military.

Loving says a Dallas-based veterans organization is considering being a supporter of the local center.   

He is optimistic something will work out.

The center located on Acme Street has been open since the spring of 2012. 

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