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Senators Say DOD Has a 'Long Way to Go' to Fix Military Housing Issues

December 7, 2023

Karen Jowers

Military Times

A housing inspector carries out a quality assurance inspection of a home in the Fort Moore, Georgia, Patton Village housing area on Nov. 21, 2019, with the aim of having it ready for occupancy by a military family. (Patrick Albright/Army)

By Karen Jowers, Military Times / December 6, 2023

Citing military families’ continued problems with mold, asbestos, lead-based paint, and the Defense Department’s slow implementation of certain reforms, senators are pressing Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for answers about what steps will be taken, and when.

In a letter sent today to Austin, the senators outlined those concerns and asked for answers to 15 detailed questions by Jan. 2.

“We are concerned that as military families continue to experience exposure to lead, mold and other health risks from unsafe housing conditions, the private companies that provide on-base housing are disregarding their concerns,” wrote the senators, in their Dec. 6 letter. “The Department of Defense has a long way to go to fully implement reforms and restore military families’ confidence.”

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