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Economy / Dollar Values / American Military Situation Abroad #53416

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 13, 1978
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(Studio) Slight strengthening of United States dollar in Europe and Japan reported Contd. plight of United States servicemen due to devaluation and request by United States military officials in Japan that Pentagon allow servicemen's families to eat at mess halls noted. This is already in effect in West Germany.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Frankfurt, West Germany) Report on Army's efforts to lift morale of soldiers by allowing families to eat in mess halls and servicemen's reactions to dollar devaluation. Case of Army wife Sharon Basedon and son Michael cited as example [sergeant Robert LATHAN - says more money would really help.] Difficulties involved in just getting to mess hall noted. [Monica LUTZ - says mess is much cheaper place to go for square meal than local restaurants.] Reactions of GI's to mess hall privileges for families stated.
REPORTER: Kati Marton

Jennings, Peter;
Marton, Kati

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