James Bess retired from the U.S. Navy and active duty service in 2008. He first moved to Tampa in 1999 and lived in housing provided on MacDill Air Force base.

Not long after arriving, Bess and his family started suffering health problems.

“Approximately after moving in my daughter started having nose bleeds at night [and] that was real concerning to me and my wife,” said Bess.

Thursday, leaders from the US military had to answer questions about mold, leaky roofs and even rats in base housing across the country.

US. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson was among those who testified in front of the Senate Committee.

Wilson recently visited MacDill Air Force Base to talk to military families and to see their problems first hand.

“Our military families deserve good housing,” said Wilson, who also told the committee there is now a 12 step plan to deal with housing problems going forward.

“And when there is a problem with the house it should be fixed promptly and competently,” said Wilson.

Military families are also hoping for compensation from financial losses to pay for medical bills, moving expenses and lost clothes and furniture as a result of the mold problems.