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The video is created by a soldier's father, Edward Frawley, who took photos of the living conditions his son came home to after 15 months in Afghanistan. The barracks in Fort Bragg are nothing short of deplorable. I yelped more than once when I watched it.
If you don't have time to catch the 10-minute video, make note of just this image, taken by Frawley's own son, one week after he arrived home from Afghanistan:
I did a little bit more research before I decided to pass this on. I looked up Ed Frawley himself. A dog trainer in Wisconsin, he seems to be a controversial fellow, both adored and reviled in different circles. OK. If you're one to speak up, you're bound to create a few enemies. Frawley speaks loud and clear on this video, much, I'm sure, to the chagrin of a few Fort Bragg uppity- ups.
I then chatted, this morning, with Sean, a soldier and blogger that is currently stationed in Afghanistan. Of his own stay in Fort Bragg, he told me:
When I lived there for about 2 months I had about an inch of water on the floor of my room, a water pipe had burst and they were moving us to new barracks but they weren't ready yet oddly enough, they still wanted to do room inspections and expected me to be spic'n'span.In defense of Fort Bragg, he also told me
There's been a lot of money dumped into Fort Bragg over the years though.The bottom line here is that none of us would willingly leave our kids or loved ones in these living conditions. Can you imagine dropping your new high-school graduate off at a sewage-soaked dormitory? Or moving you college grad to a new job in a new city, and leaving him in an apartment filled with 2 inches of water? We wouldn't let our kids or spouses stay in a place like this for a weekend, let alone set up their homes there!
There are still some bad living situations, but they're constantly building new barracks and are trying to make the situation better. I hate to say it, but there's a decline in standards in the military reflective of society as a whole, and guys don't take care of stuff like they should.
Frawley states simply, at the end of the video "They gave you 15 months of their life; you can give 15 minutes of your time."
Ed Frawley is One Soldier's Father.
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