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military wives took to Capitol Hill Wednesday describing nightmare conditions in base housing to the Senate Armed Services Committee I have witnessed the peeling paint inside and outside of the homes at fort Belvoir I have felt the helplessness , of a fellow marine corps spells as she held her new baby and sobbed what we stood under a collapsing moldy ceiling and I have been to the town halls were families were dismissed and they also fear retaliation for reporting their concerns the hearing was spurred by a Reuters investigation revealing widespread complaints of disrepair and serious health hazards on bases across the country complains of lead asbestos mold and rodents going unanswered by the private companies to manage the military housing we will likely suffer from the effects of this for the rest of our lives I suffer daily from chronic breathing issues and blurred vision due to supplement due to the mold in my brain presidents and CEOs of the five largest private contractors responsible for maintaining base housing were in the hot seat there's been many failures here and I hope all of you can look these service members and their families in the eyes , and tell me you're sorry I hope you feel embarrassed each executive pledging to do better while some shift the blame to locked up funds old historic homes and even faulty appliance as it was a manufacturer's product defect a newly released survey of thousands of families by the non partisan military family advisory network found that just sixteen percent of residents had a positive view of their base housing while fifty five percent had a negative one I'd Wednesday's hearing military officials pledged to set up a better system for responding to residents concerns and enforcing a higher standard of housing for service members and their families