Military families went years with no one in leadership paying attention to their complaints of unhealthy and dangerous living conditions in on-base housing.
The top brass is listening now.
In the past several weeks, the secretaries of the Army, Navy and Air Force have visited military bases, viewing substandard homes and speaking with families. Lawmakers have traveled to installations in their districts for a first-hand look at living conditions. Staff members of influential congressional committees have flown far and wide to understand the scope of the issue.
And in these visits, they may be building cases against the eight major companies that hold the contracts to manage base housing.