For at least a decade, military families have battled so-called Public/Private Ventures (PPVs) on Department of Defense installations which allowed private real estate firms to build housing for soldiers and their dependents, then collect rent directly from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in the form of the soldiers’ basic housing allowance. It was a low-risk, guaranteed payout for the real estate companies, but in building the houses on military bases across the country, it appears construction shortcuts led to long-lasting health issues for the families from factors like asbestos and black mold.

A recent article published by Reuters exposed one of the many PPVs involved, John Picerne of the Corvias Group. NEWSREP did a follow-up podcast interview with Army and Marine Corps wives which further exposed how difficult it has been for military families to get housing issues corrected. It details the complete lack of accountability for PPVs due to the various branches of the service retaliating and stifling service members from complaining. It is even alleged soldiers have received negative professional evaluation reports from the Army because they complained about health issues in the corporate military housing.

The media scrutiny has led to a Congressional hearing as well as the airing of additional information and grievances about PPVs on military bases. In a letter to the U.S. Senate, Cara Barber, the wife of a retired Marine, revealed how the military was declaring questionable homes to be healthy and livable without any quantitative data being collected, such as environmental testing.

“When the immense financial resources, power and influence of two multi-billion dollar corporations, Hunt Companies and Forest City Realty Trust, are combined with those of their two U.S. military service partners, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and all are brought to bear against you and the truth, you and the truth may not have good odds,” Barber wrote.