More thoughts on the BRAC situation at APG [Letter]

This is in response to: Also upset about the situation at APG. 

I was BRAC'd to Maryland to read this article is not a fair observation to anyone who relocated specially BRAC'd.

So many of us had to give up our lives as we knew it, family, friends, community, churches and our homes. We relocated here with a lot of uncertainty, fear, loss of income, more taxes, nowhere to call home, promises that were never kept.

To relocate to Maryland, looking for a place to call home, to meet new people, we are not familiar with this community. We have new rules, laws and regulations to learn to integrate into Maryland's social-economic status. To know that most homeowners inflated their home values and rent because they depend on BRAC employees to save their homes. No one realized we were affected by the same economy. We transition at the worst time possible. There are job loss, we could not sell our homes, there were promises that were never kept.

Our base was almost brand new. We must understand the bureaucracy of the government we work for and with. This leads to the appropriation bill, once a bill has been signed the government MUST follow through because the funds were put aside just for the project, for example: BRAC, such as a new campus on APG.  These funds were set aside for these projects. To imply those who were BRAC'd are immune from sequestions or furlough. We are in this together. However, those who live in Maryland have an upper hand because they already found their place in society, house of worship, friends and family in Maryland.

Most of us are not in a better situation than we left. Better yet, we are not in the same situation we were in before we came here.

Rhonda Hazelton

Bel Air

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