The CEO of the Five Star Veterans Center -- formerly the Allied Veterans Center -- says they've been getting generous donations from many in the community but are still lacking the major benefactor that will give them financial security.
Right now CEO Colonel Len Loving says they can stay open through September operating on a budget of 12 to 15 thousand a month, which is barely enough to keep the center afloat. Loving says his chief of food services is the only employee drawing a salary right now, and that's only because Loving said he couldn't in good conscience ask him to go without a salary when he's at the center seven days a week for all three meals.
"The rest of us, since last March, have not received a penny in salary."
He says they haven't seen as much traffic since news of the scandal broke.
"Right now we're averaging less than we were before we had the...disaster day. Let's put it that way," says Loving.
Long term Loving says they'll need to generate enough for a $22,000-$25,000 budget and that right now their $12,000-$15,000 a month budget isn't enough to keep the Five Star Veterans Center open past September. He says the center is still looking for a major benefactor that could offer some long-term financial stability.