Quil Lawrence is a BBC correspondent based in Baghdad.
Quil Lawrence appears in the following:
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
HUD has released its latest homeless count and the number of homeless veterans is slightly up from last year. This is despite a years-long effort to bring that number to zero.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Most of the island of Puerto Rico is still in the dark since hurricane Maria struck the island in September. Beyond the physical damage and the slow recovery, Puerto Ricans are accessing the psychological toll from a devastating storm.
Friday, November 10, 2017
A "cross-partisan" group called With Honor has formed to support military veterans running for Congress. The group hopes to assist 25 to 35 candidates from both parties in 2018 elections.
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
The oversight board that supervises Puerto Rico's indebted government met publicly today for the first-time in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The board heard sobering statistics about the extent of the damage and discussed austerity measures to fix the island's broken economy.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
A new study by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs suggests that even mild exposure to blasts in Iraq and Afghanistan may cause long term breathing problems.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Gettysburg, Pa., where Union forces turned the tide of the Civil War in a horrific battle, has the largest number of Confederate monuments in the country. The national park there has been the scene of reconciliation between north and south, but current events suggest that reconciliation is still an ongoing process.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Suicide among veterans is 22 percent higher than for civilians of the same age. The VA and the Pentagon have been studying how to prevent suicides.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
A rule to track and report how airlines take care of wheelchairs has been delayed for a year by the government. The group Paralyzed Veterans of America is suing to stop that delay.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
President Trump spoke of his administration's achievements in reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs. NPR's Quil Lawrence fact checks the president.
Monday, May 29, 2017
The Department of Veterans Affairs is re-evaluating some of the people it dropped from its caregiver program following an NPR report. We have an update on what's changed and what's next.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Los Angeles has one of the nation's worst rates of homeless veterans, but its Veterans Affairs campus doesn't support many of them. Instead it has gardens, a baseball stadium ... but that may change.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Researchers say putting guns out of reach reduces the chances that suicidal veterans could take their own lives, but changing the law is a controversial idea.
Monday, May 01, 2017
There's no clear consensus on why veterans' suicide is on the rise. There is a consensus on how to prevent it: take away their guns. But that may not be a viable suggestion politically.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
This week's Call-In is about the Department of Veterans Affairs: stories from veterans about getting health care and ideas for reforming the whole agency.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Veterans have a significantly higher rate of suicide than civilians. The numbers for female veterans, however, are two to five times higher than their civilian counterparts.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Veterans Affairs has a program to pay family members who care for veterans with disabilities. Several caregivers say they have been dropped without explanation; the VA says it is not cutting back.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The combination of a GOP controlled government and a secretary held over from the Obama administration may have created an opportunity for progress at the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.
Monday, March 13, 2017
The State Department is running out of visas to offer Afghans who worked with American troops, and the prospects appear dim for offering more. The end of the visa program for Afghans is taking place at the same time the U.S. is tightening other restrictions on travel, especially from mostly-Muslim countries.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Senators unanimously voted to confirm VA Health Undersecretary Dr. David Shulkin as full secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He's a rare Trump holdover from the Obama administration.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Veterans Affairs secretary nominee David Shulkin faces his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday. The session follows reports by NPR that document shortcomings in the longstanding attempts to improve the way the VA provides care, and promises by President Trump to further privatize its health services.