Nation: A Tough Fight in West Germany

For some G.I.s with families, poverty has become the enemy

Many American servicemen in West Germany can no longer afford vacation cruises on the Rhine with their families. Others are doing all of their shopping these days at military post exchanges, where there is little variety but prices are 40% lower than at German stores. A few young G.I.s have written bad checks to keep their children in nursery schools while their wives look for jobs. Some have shipped their families back to the U.S.

Cases of financial distress have become increasingly common among the...

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