Jacksonville's Five Star Veterans Center gets approval for absolution in Allied Veterans case
The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville
A Jacksonville center that provides veterans services and shelters homeless vets is getting closer to being absolved from liability in the Allied Veterans of the World case.
The Florida Attorney General’s Office has signed an order to release the Five Star Veterans Center, formerly known as the Allied Veterans Center, from any liens or seizures connected with Allied Veterans of the World.
It is now being sent to a judge for final approval.
“Now we’re just waiting for the judge’s signature which should be done early this week,” he said.
The center has been struggling to stay afloat and for the 20 resident veterans currently housed there at 40 Acme St. This has been done largely through local veterans groups and unpaid staff after the center’s largest donor, Allied Veterans of the World, was involved in a gaming scandal that led to 57 arrests.
Once the order is received, the center will get it to several organizations that have pledged their support but were leery for fear of having their donations seized in the fallout from the scandal.
The center has been completely purged of any association with Allied Veterans and is looking forward to expanding its operations to help more veterans.
Loving said he plans on taking a copy of the order personally to Adm. Victor Guillory, the head of Jacksonville’s Department of Military Affairs, Veterans & Disabled Services, to ask for the city’s financial support — which up to now the center has done without.
He hopes to expand the center to house as many as 45 homeless veterans.
Clifford Davis (904) 359-4207