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Rep. Kind Calls on the Department of Defense and U.S. Army to Improve Conditions at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina

April 28, 2008
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –– In a letter to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) called on the Department of Defense and U.S. Army to promptly improve unhealthy and unsafe living conditions at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

“In the aftermath of the problems at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the U.S. Army needs to act quickly to end another national embarrassment,” Rep. Kind wrote. “The condition of these barracks is simply unacceptable.”

Ft. Bragg is home to the XVIII Airborne Corps and 82nd Airborne Division and has barracks dating back to the Korean War. Some of the barracks are infested with mold, have dilapidated plumbing, and are in general disrepair.

Rep. Kind was alerted to the barracks’ deplorable conditions by Ed Frawley of Menomonie, WI. Ed’s son, Sgt. Jeff Frawley, recently returned to the United States after a 15 month deployment in Afghanistan. After visiting his son and taking pictures of the barracks, Ed posted a video of the conditions on the Internet. The video can be viewed at https://leerburg.com/barracks.htm.

“Ed’s son and other returning soldiers deserve better,” said Rep. Kind. “Without Ed’s diligence and hard work, this unfortunate situation would have continued.”