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  • Families complain of mold, lead paint, rats in military housing ahead of hearing

    In February, CBS News gained access to privatized housing at Ft. Meade, becoming the first national television network to go on to a military base to investigate issues within the U.S. military’s privatized housing program. Through our coverage, CBS News exposed problems with mold, insects and structural integrity covered up or ignored by private housing companies. This story led to a swift response from then-Secretary of the Army Mark Esper, who granted an exclusive on-camera interview with CBS News to outline how his department planned to respond.
  • Reuters: Ambushed at Home

    A Reuters series exposes the hazardous, squalid housing of American military families.
  • Demoted to Private: America's Military Housing Disaster

    Political patronage, the zeal to privatize and a failure at background checks led to a disaster for taxpayers and military families in Pentagon housing programs in six states. All three branches of the service gave 8,000 military houses and billion-dollar contracts to a company headed by a politically-connected Texan involved in a messy bankruptcy and a Connecticut property management firm that had been previously suspended from HUD housing projects because it diverted millions to its own uses.
  • Ritalin prescribed unevenly in U.S.

    The Plain-Dealer compiled 1996 Census projections and data from the Drug Enforcement Administration showing the break down of Ritalin sold in grams in the nation's 3,141 counties. The results show that the use of and prescribing of Ritalin varies from state to state but also by region. The analysis found high Ritalin use in the Northeast and upper Midwest, and even disparities in use within Ohio. In Summit County, 3.6 percent are prescribed the drug, while in neighboring Holmes County only 0.37 are prescribed Ritalin, the lowest rate in Ohio. Attitudes and theories on Ritalin use vary with some believing children in cold, isolated areas might be more prone to use the drug, some think military families are more inclined to use it, others believe children and families with attention disorders "migrate" to resort areas where the drug is more readily available.
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    Time Magazine looks into the rise in reported cases of domestic violence in military families. Time finds spousal abuse is occurring in one of every three Army families each year--double the civilian rate. Report prodded Congress to boost spending for the Pentagon's domestic-abuse prevention program, 1994.
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    Army Times reports on the victimization of military families by mental hospitals, where thousands of children languish while the U.S. government pays billions of dollars for overpriced, unnecessary and abusive care, Aug. 17, 1992.