Skirting board on a wall damaged by mold.

Rampant Housing Mold

Mold contamination continues to be a significant health hazard for soldiers and their families. Recent reports have shined a spotlight on the unhealthy living conditions many military familes are forced to face in their own homes.

Mold at a U.S. Army housing facility. (U.S. Army photo by Terrance Bell)
Mold at a U.S. Army housing facility. (U.S. Army photo by Terrance Bell)

A June 22 article on Military.com by by Steve Beynon and Rebecca Kheel highlights stories of military family members affected by household mold. After moving into a new home at Fort Carson, Colorado, a soldier’s family began getting constantly sick.

“Right away, my wife and both my kids started getting just constantly sick . . . My wife is pregnant, and she was sick for about a month and a half straight . . . The baby was our biggest concern. We shouldn’t be subjected to the grueling environment we have to go through [in the Army] and then come to a mold-infested home.”

Fort Carson soldier

Mold is a Continued Problem for Military Familes

Beynon and Kheel explain how household mold continues to be a major health crisis for military familes across the United States.

Mold in military housing isn’t new, having haunted bases for decades. Despite repeated vows from military officials and privatized housing contractors to make sure troops don’t have to endure health hazards in their homes, unsafe conditions persist.

Congress is poised to try several approaches to fix the issue through the annual defense policy bill, but it’s unclear whether those changes will bring about solutions or become just another note in the ongoing crisis.

Mold at a U.S. Army housing facility. (U.S. Army photo by Terrance Bell)
Photo taken at Fort Stewart shows a build-up of mold near a vent. (Submitted photo)

Mold exposure can cause a variety of addional health issues.

Exposure to moldy environments can cause numerous health issues ranging from a stuffy nose, wheezing and itchiness to fever and difficulty breathing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those with underlying respiratory issues or who are immune compromised are susceptible to fungal infections and other severe reactions.

VeriTac is commited to providing the equipment and support needed to help soldiers and their families to fight mold and live in clean, healthy living environments.

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