Dad's Video of Army Barracks Filth Gets Results

Soldier's father Ed Frawley posted video online to expose Fort Bragg conditions.

April 28, 2008 — -- When Edward Frawley went to welcome home his 22-year-old son, who was returning from a tour of duty with the 82nd Airborne Division in the mountains of Afghanistan, he was in for a shock.

Not to hear the stories about Jeff's battles with insurgents, but to witness his son's current living conditions at Fort Bragg, N.C.

So, Frawley did what any concerned citizen does — he posted a video on YouTube two weeks ago, containing still photos of moldy ceiling panels, broken toilet seats, backed up sewage water flooding a bathroom, exposed pipes — and demanded that viewers contact their congressmen.

"This is embarrassing, this is disgusting and it makes me mad as hell," Edward Frawley says in the video. "If these buildings were in any city in America and were called apartments [or] dormitories, they would be condemned."

Frawley's video got results — the Pentagon says it corrected the problems at his son's building at Fort Bragg.

In addition, "Garrisons Army-wide spent this weekend inspecting nearly all of the barracks to determine if similar situations existed," the Pentagon said in a response to ABC News' Luis Martinez.

While the Pentagon would not say which barracks required corrections, it is establishing a facility oversight body to address the issue and will continually monitor conditions in barracks.

And Frawley says he got a phone call this afternoon from Gen. Richard Cody, the Army's vice chief of staff, apologizing to him and assuring him that the poor conditions of the barracks would be fixed.

While the 60-year-old father is pleased at the response, he's skeptical that all the deficiencies at Fort Bragg have been corrected.

"When I left a week ago yesterday, they were working on it but they had a long way to go," he told, adding that his son told him that soldiers were still fixing the problems this past weekend.

Frawley also disputed the Pentagon's explanation that Fort Bragg only received 72 hours notice that his son's unit was returning from Afghanistan.

"I doubt that — I don't think that's a good enough reason for the barracks to look like that," he said.

Though the Pentagon claims that lead-based paint has not been used on Fort Bragg for decades, Frawley believes there might be layers of such paint, since it was built at the time of the Korean War in the 1950s when the paint was ubiquitous.

"Jeff had to dip into his military pay, about $1,100 a month, to rent another apartment off-base until the work is completed," Frawley said. "That's where he's staying now."