Quil Lawrence


Quil Lawrence is a BBC correspondent based in Baghdad.

Quil Lawrence appears in the following:

Homeless Vet's Story Illustrates Challenge In Getting Off The Street

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The White House has vowed to end chronic homelessness among veterans by 2015. We profile one vet in San Diego whose odyssey illustrates why it's so hard to get vets off the street.


Homeless Vets: They're Not Just Single Men Anymore

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Overall, there are fewer homeless veterans these days. But that good news is tempered by the growing number of homeless vets with families, including many women.

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After Inspector General Report, Veterans Want More Than Promises

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.


VA's Inspector General Finds Faked Data At Hospitals Across U.S.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

President Obama addressed the annual convention of the American Legion in North Carolina with a raft of new proposals for vets.


First Rule Of This Fight Club: You Must Be A Veteran

Friday, August 22, 2014

There are countless programs to help veterans readjust to civilian life. One of the most unusual is in San Diego, where vets get together in a caged boxing ring and punch each other in the face.


After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill

Monday, July 28, 2014

Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.


Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders

Friday, July 11, 2014

There's overmedicating and self-medicating, but some vets are "de-medicating." Prescribed multiple drugs to deal with PTSD and pain, they've stopped taking them โ€” without authorization.


A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Service members are prescribed narcotic painkillers three times as often as civilians. For some vets, dependence on those pills becomes a bigger problem than their original ailment.


Obama Taps Former Procter & Gamble Chief To Helm VA

Monday, June 30, 2014

President Obama has picked Robert McDonald, the former CEO of Procter & Gamble, to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald will face a difficult task. The VA is is embroiled in a controversy over falsified and lengthy wait times for veterans.


Obama To Nominate Ex-Procter & Gamble Chief To Head VA

Monday, June 30, 2014

President Obama's choice to head the Department of Veterans Affairs is former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald. He is West Point grad from a military family, and would lead an agency in crisis.


Vets Mark Sept. 11 Anniversary With Yosemite Climb

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fifteen Iraq and Afghanistan vets, many of them disabled, climbed Half Dome and El Capitan in Yosemite. The climb had the therapeutic effect of reproducing a combat patrol โ€” without bombs or bullets.


To Treat PTSD, Veterans Have A Vast Array Of Ineffective Solutions

Friday, June 20, 2014

A new report by the Institute of Medicine rates the different treatments used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, also recommending areas for further research.


How The Kurds Could Benefit From Iraq's Crisis

Thursday, June 19, 2014

While much of the country is in turmoil, the Kurdish areas in northern Iraq have remained peaceful. The upheaval could help advance the Kurds' long-standing quest for an independent state.


Overburdened VA Shelves Ad Campaign To Attract More Veterans

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The VA is rethinking its outreach, and is pausing a $4 million ad campaign. The problem: outreach might bring more veterans into a system that's struggling to handle who it is already serving.


Senate Version Adds Costs To VA Overhaul Measure

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Senate passed a bipartisan bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. The measure is close enough to a version already passed by the House that it could reach the president's desk soon.


In A Rare Act Of Bipartisan Speed, Senate Passes VA Reforms

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Senate has passed a bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. Like a similar bill in the House, the Senate bill gives veterans the option of seeking private care if the VA takes too long and makes it easier to fire VA employees. But the Senate version also spends a lot more money on doctors and hospitals than the House version.


A Campaign To House The Homeless Reaches A Milestone

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The campaign to find permanent homes for 100,000 homeless people, including the chronically homeless, was started four years ago. Now, the group behind the push says it has reached its goal.


With More Veterans Needing Health Care, What Will The Cost Be?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Veterans Affairs has a budget of $160 billion, the second largest in government. Some veterans groups say this isn't enough to meet the rapidly expanding demands placed on the VA health system.


Audit Reveals Vast Scale Of VA Waitlist Issues

Monday, June 09, 2014

Before former Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki stepped down, he ordered an audit of the VA system, hoping to find how many hospitals were lying about wait times. The audit found that approximately 100,000 veterans are waiting too long for care at the VA.


VA Health Care's Chronic Ailments: Long Waits And Red Tape

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Problems at the VA are not new; the system has struggled for years to deliver health care in a timely manner. Most of those enduring long waits are older vets from Vietnam, Korea and World War II.