Quil Lawrence


Quil Lawrence is a BBC correspondent based in Baghdad.

Quil Lawrence appears in the following:

As Soldiers Return, Who Is Caring For The Caregivers?

Monday, March 31, 2014

Over a million Americans are caregivers to returning veterans, and in many cases, they're doing so with little government support. As a major report finds, this is having some serious consequences.


After A Long Wait, 24 Models In Heroism Get Their Due

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

President Obama is presenting the Medal of Honor to 24 soldiers who were long overlooked, in some cases because of discrimination. Many are Jewish or Hispanic. Only three are still alive.


Military Training Gives U.S. Paralympic Biathletes An Edge

Friday, March 07, 2014

The only American to medal in biathlon, Army veteran Andy Soule did it with just his arms. Soule and other service members are bringing their speed and precision to the grueling competition in Sochi.


From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice'

Friday, March 07, 2014

This year, the men's U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team is packed with Afghanistan and Iraq veterans, and they've found an outlet in hitting, slamming and speeding across the ice as fast as they can.


Among Soldiers, Risk Of Suicide May Have Surprising Roots

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The journal JAMA Psychiatry is publishing initial findings from the largest-ever study of soldiers and suicide. They say a higher rate of those in the military have pre-existing mental conditions.


Yale Law Students Raise Case For Discharged Vets

Monday, March 03, 2014

Before PTSD existed as a diagnosis, Vietnam War veterans who suffered from it often received a discharge other than honorable. A Yale Law School clinic is filing a class action lawsuit for them.


Vets-Turned-Firefighters Find Brotherhood, Purpose

Monday, November 11, 2013

A New Jersey fire department has hired 43 military veterans on to the force this year. The fire chief says their background makes them well-suited to the job, and the recruits say firefighting gives them the sense of camaraderie and responsibility they've missed.


Afghan Translator Credited With Saving Soldier Arrives In U.S.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Last month, NPR told the story of an Army captain working to get his Afghan translator out of Afghanistan and to safety. Matt Zeller says his translator saved his life in combat. Under U.S. law, it's possible for Afghans who worked for American forces to get a visa to move to the United States. But Zeller's translator's case had been derailed. Now the translator has finally made it to America.


Vets Mark Sept. 11 Anniversary With Yosemite Climb

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fifteen Iraq and Afghanistan vets, many of them disabled, climbed Half Dome and El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Sept. 11. The climb is the culmination of a three-day hike, which for many of the vets has had the therapeutic effect of reproducing a combat patrol — just without the bombs or bullets.


VA Still Under Pressure To Reduce Disability Claim Backlog

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A veterans group handed the White House a petition to take action on the "million veteran backlog" on Tuesday. But the Veterans Administration says that backlogged claims are dropping for the fifth month in a row and are now under half a million.


Backlog Of Benefit Claims A Big Problem For VA

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Eric Shinseki is the longest serving Secretary of Secretary of Veterans' Affairs (VA), at a time when the VA is dealing with a new young generation of veterans as well as a huge aging veteran population. Last summer he spoke at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention and made some promises. On Tuesday, he addressed the VFW again, after a year that included prominent calls for his resignation.


A Veteran's Piercing True Story Leaps From Page To Stage

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Iraq vet Brian Castner wrote a memoir of post-traumatic stress disorder and a difficult homecoming. His book, The Long Walk, got good reviews. But Castner never expected that it would get turned into an opera in New York City.


At A Texas Base, Battling Army's Top Threat: Suicide

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Suicide killed more U.S. troops last year than combat in Afghanistan, a trend that's likely to continue this year. The causes and remedies are complicated, but Fort Bliss in Texas has bucked the trend. Suicides have declined there, after implementation of an interactive suicide prevention program.


For Ailing Vets In Rural Areas, Telemedicine Can Be The Cure

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

For many veterans in out-of-the-way locations, getting medical care at a VA facility can be expensive, time-consuming and inconvenient. Telemedicine is changing that, providing access to doctors over the Internet.


Forgotten For Decades, WWII Alaskans Finally Get Their Due

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

More than 6,000 Alaska Natives served without pay in the Alaska Territorial Guard, a response to Japan's 1942 foray into the Aleutian Islands. Members were finally granted veterans status in 2000. Now, the Department of Veterans Affairs is trying to ensure that the elderly survivors get their rightful benefits.


Searching For Veterans On Alaska's Remote Edges

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Twenty-two million Americans served in the military, but the vast majority are from the Vietnam and Korea generations. They're getting older now, and many live in rural, sometimes remote places like Alaska, where reaching them to connect them with their benefits is difficult.


Army Sgt. Accused Of Filming Female Cadets Without Consent

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The sergeant worked at West Point. The story, first reported by The New York Times, is the latest in a series of embarrassing cases for the military, which has acknowledged it has a significant problem of sexual assault and harassment in the ranks.


What Does It Mean To Be A Woman In The U.S. Military?

Friday, March 22, 2013

This week on Morning Edition, we've been hearing from women who have served on the battlefield and on bases here at home. In the final report in the series, we learn more about women and identity in the military.


Sexual Violence Victims Say Military Justice System Is 'Broken'

Thursday, March 21, 2013

There are some 19,000 sexual assaults in the military each year, the Pentagon estimates. But many victims say they have nowhere to turn and risk ruining their careers by reporting attacks.


Off The Battlefield, Military Women Face Risks From Male Troops

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

According to Pentagon research, a quarter of all women who join the military are sexually assaulted during their careers. Many cases go unreported, and some victims say the perpetrator is a superior to whom they would have to report the assault.