Quil Lawrence


Quil Lawrence is a BBC correspondent based in Baghdad.

Quil Lawrence appears in the following:

Veterans' Issues Nearly Ignored In Previous Presidential Debates

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Veterans are frustrated their issues have been absent from the presidential debates so far. The war in Afghanistan has also gone almost without mention.


A Reboot For Wheelchair That Can Stand Up And Climb Stairs

Monday, October 17, 2016

Toyota announced this year that it's backing the return of the iBOT, which went out of production in 2009. Inventor Dean Kamen says a reboot would include improvements using the latest technology.


On The Appalachian Trail, Combat Veterans Learn To Let Things Go

Thursday, October 06, 2016

The first American ever to walk the Appalachian Trail in one season was a World War II vet, who said he wanted to walk off the war. Now, a nonprofit sponsors combat veterans to do the same thing.


Charities Fill Gap In Providing Support For Military Veterans

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The U.S. spends billions caring for disabled vets, but private charities play a crucial role in getting veterans' families what they need. Now there's concern the charity purse is shrinking.


Platform Check: Presidential Nominees Share Plans To Help Veterans

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

The next president could make sweeping changes to programs for veterans. NPR takes a look at what Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump say they will do for vets.


A U.S. Marine Tried To Warn A Comrade, Now He Faces A Discharge

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Marine reservist Jason Brezler warned comrades in Afghanistan about a dirty Afghan cop. No one took heed, and three Marines died. Now Brezler is facing a possible discharge from the Corps.


After A Vet's Suicide, Getting VA Benefits Can Compound A Family's Grief

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

A former Marine who served in Afghanistan took his own life recently. But there was no diagnosis linking his service to his suicide, making it hard for his family to receive full death benefits.


Veteran Authors Look To Reclaim The Story Of War

Monday, August 08, 2016

A new generation of veteran novelists are trying to navigate the pressure to be spokesmen for all veterans while simply trying to write good literature.


Is Donald Trump Proposing Privatizing The VA?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Republican presidential candidate this week outlined 10 ways he would reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, including allowing veterans to choose a doctor outside the VA system.


ACLU Report Documents Deportation Of U.S. Veterans

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The American Civil Liberties Union documented at least 84 veterans being deported or already exiled from the U.S., despite honorable service. NPR revisits the story covered last year.


VA Panel Report To Suggest More Private Care Choices For Veterans

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The debate over how to overhaul the $10 billion Veterans Choice program is the latest skirmish between those who would like to privatize the VA and supporters of government health care.


For Doctors And Patients, 'Veterans Choice' Often Means Long Waits

Monday, June 06, 2016

The $10 billion Veterans Choice has not cut backlogs, critics say. This problem can be particularly urgent when it comes to mental health cases.


Donald Trump Details Donations To Veterans Organizations

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Donald Trump held a press conference Tuesday to address questions about charitable donations he claimed to make in support of military veterans.


New Report Says Pentagon Not Doing Enough For Sexual Assault Victims

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Pentagon admits a major concern over reprisals against troops who report sexual assault. A Human Rights Watch report says the Pentagon isn't doing enough to repair harm done by this retaliation.


How Congress And The VA Left Many Veterans Without A 'Choice'

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The $10 billion Veterans Choice program was supposed to cut down on wait times and let veterans see private doctors, but less than two years later, the faltering program needs an overhaul.


Despite $10B 'Fix,' Veterans Are Waiting Even Longer To See Doctors

Monday, May 16, 2016

A $10 billion program to eliminate long wait times and other problems for veterans' health care hasn't worked out as planned. More veterans wait even longer for care now than they did a year ago.


How Steel From The World Trade Center May Help To Cut Vets' Suicide Rates

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Veterans groups are trying to get vets to take a pledge not to commit suicide. They're using a powerful symbol to invoke the pledge — a sword forged from steel from the World Trade Center.


After Combat Stress, Violence Can Show Up At Home

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

In a minority of cases, violent behavior accompanies post-traumatic stress disorder. Military spouses can become victims, and there are few resources around to help them.


After The Battle, The Harvest: Programs Help Vets Move Into Farming

Sunday, April 24, 2016

As thousands of younger Americans leave the military — which has been downsizing lately — the USDA would like them to consider carrying the torch as older farmers start to retire.


Despite Low Unemployment, Veterans Struggle To Find Meaningful Jobs

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Unemployment for recent veterans has hit a historic low, but it's not clear how many veterans are able to use their military experience to get meaningful employment.