FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Fort Bragg officials are now taking action after at least 60 families living on post came forward about unsafe living conditions.
The families reported mold, pests, faulty pipes and wiring, and their houses just falling apart.
“Our ceiling caved in when we were home exposing mold, it actually caused my husband to react from it, he now has permanent asthma,” said Fort Bragg soldier Rachael Kilpatrick.
She was one of the military families who took their concerns straight to lawmakers.
After the hearing last month, all military installations were ordered to be inspected and make changes.
At Fort Bragg, the post’s garrison commander says some houses are being torn down or repaired because of the problems that mainly surround mold. He says some of the repairs include new flooring, piping, and duct work on some of the 60 plus year old houses. But he says they welcome any other reports for home improvement.
“It’s a vital key to readiness because if you look at those 60 families that we’ve addressed for consideration and concerns, that’s 60 families that have addressed concerns not only to their chain of command now, but also to Corvias, and if we’re not taking care of them, then their focus isn’t on the mission,” said Fort Bragg Garrison Commander Colonel Kyle Reed.
He says they’ve been working with Corvias, the army’s housing contractor, to address concerns.
In a round table discussion, Corvias representatives, talked about additional staffing to help.
“We’re adding 51 postions, so we’re increasing our staff levels, we’re starting more communication and more touch point service with our residents,” said Fort Bragg Corvias Director Sharon Shore.