Quil Lawrence

BBC

Quil Lawrence is a BBC correspondent based in Baghdad.

Quil Lawrence appears in the following:

The Number Of Homeless Veterans Rises

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.

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In Puerto Rico, The Crisis After Hurricane Maria Is Taxing Residents' Mental Health

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.

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'Cross-Partisan' Group, With Honor, Aims To Support Veteran Candidates For Congress

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.

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FEMA Coordinator Says He's Not Sure When More Of Puerto Rico Will Have Power

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.

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VA Examines Link Between Blast Exposure And Lung Injuries

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.

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A Look At The Confederate Monuments Debate From Gettysburg Memorial

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.

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VA Studying Suicide Prevention In Veterans

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.

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Paralyzed Veterans Vs. Airlines

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.

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Fact Checking Trump On Veteran Affairs

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.

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VA Re-Evaluates Family Caregiver Program

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.

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LA's VA Campus: A Ballpark, An Oil Well ... And, Maybe Soon, A Home For Homeless Vets

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.

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Veterans At Risk Of Suicide Negotiate A Thorny Relationship With Guns

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.

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Veterans' Advocates Hope To Prevent Suicide By Limiting Access To Guns

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.

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The Call-In: Your Stories About Veterans Affairs

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.

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Rate Of Suicide Among Female Veterans Climbs, VA Says

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.

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Some VAs Are Dropping Veteran Caregivers From Their Rolls

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.

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VA Urged To Take Advantage Of Momentum And Keep Reforming Itself

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.

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State Department Halts Special Visa Program For Afghans

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.

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Senate Confirms First Nonveteran To Lead VA

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.

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VA Secretary Nominee David Shulkin Faces Senate For Confirmation Hearing

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.

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