Coast Guard Housing ‘Woefully Behind’

Admiral Papp told the Senate Subcommittee today that the nation needs to do a better job of providing for its Coast Guard Personnel.  He called their housing “woefully behind” that of other service branches, owing in part to the remoteness of Coast Guard bases and the small number of people involved.

Eliza Evans spoke at today’s hearing about the housing struggles. Evans is the wife of a member of the Coast Guard. She says her husband was planning to retire in 2011. They bought a house in Washington State, but worries over the economy changed their plans and instead of retiring, her husband stayed in and was re-assigned to Anchorage. But they haven’t been able to sell their home in Washington, despite dropping the price twice.

Lori Townsend, APRN – Anchorage also contributed to this report.

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