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The weak dollar dampens Christmas for G.I.s in West Germany

This will not be one of the great Christmases in the life of U.S. Army Specialist 4 Donna Revis. A chaplain's assistant at the Army's St. Sebastian Chapel in Frankfurt, Revis scrimped and saved to rent an off-base apartment for herself and her son Joel, 4. Since 1985 the rent has skyrocketed from $380 a month to more than $600 plus utilities, a bite she can no longer afford on a salary of $992 a month. There is no room on base for a single mother with a child, so Revis has had to move into a barracks and send Joel...

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