Morning Reading, April 23: No speech for Graham, no jobs for vets
News broke late last night that the Army has uninvited controversial Christian evangelist Franklin Graham from the upcoming National Prayer Day events at the Pentagon because of concerns raised over comments he made about Islam. Jeff Schogol has a full recap of the controversy and fall-out.
For Graham it's just the loss of a one-day gig. For more and more veterans, finding any job is becoming impossible.
In a story in today's editions I heard from veterans struggling with unemployment who say that their military service may actually be working against them, because businesses don't understand how their skills translate and fear that vets carry with them the threat of long-term mental health issues. That story is already getting good buzz among veterans groups over on Twitter.
Also, this morning Jon Rabiroff has the latest update on the continuing problem of prostitution at "juicy bars" in South Korea; Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., will introduce new legislation to create a senior enforcement officer within the Department of Defense to help crack down on what he calls "weak" monitoring by military commanders.
And just because flights have resumed across Europe, that doesn't mean the problematic volcanic ash is forgotten. Our Europe reporters have a closer look at just how long it might take for operations to get back to normal.
Army withdraws inivitation for Graham to speak at event (Stars and Stripes)
Stigma of service may hurt veterans' job search (Stars and Stripes)
Lawmaker pushes DOD for action on 'juicy bar' prostitution (Stars and Stripes)
Ash has lingering effects on Air Force jets (Stars and Stripes)
U.S., diplomats fight over how to solve Kandahar's electricity woes (Washington Post)
Military health care costs surge upwards (USA Today)
Afghan security forces implicated in death of UN worker (Washington Post)