Quil Lawrence


Quil Lawrence is a BBC correspondent based in Baghdad.

Quil Lawrence appears in the following:

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.


For The VA's Broken Health System, The Fix Needs A Fix

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

After scandals around veterans waiting too long for care in 2014, Congress pushed through a $10 billion fix to get those vets care, fast. Now it's almost unanimous: The fix is broken.


For Fertility Treatment, Wounded Veterans Have To Pay The Bill

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

U.S. military health care covers the high cost of in vitro fertilization, but the Veterans Affairs health system doesn't. The discrepancy is putting vets with combat injuries in a bind.


Service Members, Not Citizens: Meet The Veterans Who Have Been Deported

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Military service does not guarantee U.S. citizenship, which has meant a group of veterans has wound up together just over the border in Tijuana, Mexico, at a refuge they've dubbed "The Bunker."


Veterans' Advocates Highlight Progress On Homelessness, Claims Backlog

Friday, December 18, 2015

New Year's day 2016 is the deadline for two ambitious goals set at the Department of Veterans Affairs — ending the backlog of disability claims and reaching zero homeless veterans. Ne...


Defying Stereotypes, Number Of Incarcerated Veterans In U.S. Drops

Monday, December 07, 2015

The study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics is the first government report that includes significant numbers of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Advocates Question Whether Veterans Day Promotions Have Gotten Off Track

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

There's a huge gap between what vets consider real support and self-interested promotions. Advocates welcome businesses goodwill but are leery about the way some use Veterans Day to self promote.


VA Restores Benefits To Vietnam Vet After Believing He Was Dead

Friday, November 06, 2015

A Vietnam veteran tells NPR he was recently informed by the Department of Veterans Affairs that it believed he was dead. The VA's records for tens of thousands of other people remain ...


Behind Bars, Vets With PTSD Face A New War Zone, With Little Support

Thursday, November 05, 2015

"For my PTSD issues, jail is the least therapeutic atmosphere you could ever imagine," says Iraq veteran David Carlson. "You come in one way and you leave three times worse."


Obama Apologizes To Doctors Without Borders For Kunduz Hospital Attack

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Doctors Without Borders calls on President Obama and 75 other Geneva signatories to investigate the Kunduz, Afghanistan, bombing by activating the never before used fact-finding commission of the Geneva Conventions.


Thousands Of U.S. Military Interpreters Wait For Visas

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

NPR follows up on the status of "AK," one of many Afghan and Iraqi interpreters for the U.S. military still waiting for a visa, and why thousands of interpreters struggle with the process.


American Dad Fights For The Afghan Interpreter Who Aided His Fallen Son

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Some 13,000 Afghans and Iraqis who worked with the U.S. are awaiting visas they were promised. NPR's Quil Lawrence looks at a case involving an Afghan interpreter who was in the thick of the fighting.


U.S. Office Of Special Counsel Calls Out VA Firing Of Whistleblowers

Thursday, September 17, 2015

According to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, the Department of Veterans Affairs rarely fires anyone for misconduct — except for the employees who blow the whistle on it.


Melissa Stockwell Among Triathletes Aiming To Make Rio's Paralympics

Thursday, September 17, 2015

For the first time, the triathlon will be an event at the Paralympics. Stockwell, an Iraq veteran, has won international paratraithlons before, but she's still got to qualify for the U.S. team.