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Quil Lawrence

BBC

Quil Lawrence is a BBC correspondent based in Baghdad.

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In New Orleans, There's Hope That Veteran Homelessness Can Be Solved

Saturday, August 08, 2015

New Orleans has made huge strides towards ending veteran homelessness in the city. (This story first aired on August 4, 2015 on All Things Considered.)

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In LA, Vets Become Homeless Faster Than The VA Can House Them

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The Veterans Administration pledged to end homelessness among veterans by this year. Some cities will meet the goal, but LA is way behind, with the country's highest number of vets on the street

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The U.S. Declared War On Veteran Homelessness — And It Actually Could Win

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

In 2009, then-Veterans Affairs head Eric Shinseki declared that all homeless veterans would have housing by 2015. New Orleans has made big strides, but in Los Angeles, the problem persists.

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Obama Calls For More Veterans Affairs Spending At VFW Convention

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

President Obama addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Pittsburgh Tuesday, pushing for increased spending at the VA, as the department is locked in an impasse with Congress over how to address a budget shortfall.

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As Vet Group Grays And Ages, New Blood Tries To Inspire Change

Friday, July 17, 2015

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, once a thriving group, is seeing dwindling membership. In New Orleans, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are trying to revitalize a VFW post, but old-timers are pushing back.

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The Unfinished VA Hospital That's More Than $1 Billion Over Budget

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The Colorado hospital has been in the works for a decade and has cost more than five times the original estimate. Funding runs out this week and it's not clear where additional money will come from.

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When Civilians Accuse Troops Of Rape, Military Courts Often Decide

Friday, April 03, 2015

Hundreds of times a year, civilians accuse military personnel of sexual assault. The cases can wind up in the military justice system, where many victims say they are at a big disadvantage.

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President Obama Visits Phoenix Hospital At Center Of VA Crisis

Friday, March 13, 2015

President Obama and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald visit the veterans hospital in Phoenix Friday to announce a new outside advisory committee to help the VA with customer service.

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9 Iraqi Interpreters Sue U.S. Government Over Visa Delays

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Thousands of Iraqis and Afghans have been resettled in the U.S. through a special visa program, but hundreds of cases are on hold.

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VA Secretary Apologies For Exaggerating Military Service

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald was heard, in an exchange with a homeless vet, saying that he had been in a special forces unit, which he now admits is untrue. McDonald did however serve in the military: he is a West Point grad and was in the 82nd Airborne division.

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End Of Life Care Can Be Different For Veterans

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Many veterans who served in World War II and the Korean War are now finding themselves needing end-of-life care. These vets are served by hospice care facilities across the country. But caring for vets isn't always the same as caring for others: as veterans approach the end of life, old traumas can resurface or appear for the first time.

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VA Steps Up Programs As More Veterans Enter Hospice Care

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Millions of Americans who served in Korea, World War II and Vietnam are reaching their 70s and beyond. So the VA is putting focus on how to make veterans comfortable in their final weeks and months.

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VA Data Show Disparities In Veteran Benefits Spending

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Nationwide veteran benefits data show a huge variation in coverage from state to state, and even within states. In Massachusetts, access to VA services changes dramatically from Boston to Cape Cod.

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Lawyers Try To Fight Death Penalty With New PTSD Understanding

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

A 66-year-old Vietnam vet is due to be executed next week for the 1998 murder of a deputy sheriff in Georgia. There's no question that he shot the officer thanks to a grisly dashcam video. But the man's lawyers say PTSD and mental illness were not taken into consideration at sentencing.

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Military Policy Impedes Research On Traumatic Brain Injuries

Friday, December 26, 2014

The U.S. military set up a bank to collect brain tissue samples to better understand battlefield brain injury. But a law that prevents tissue donations from U.S. troops has severely hampered efforts.

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Tomas Young, Iraq War Veteran And Activist, Dies At 34

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A vocal critic of the Iraq war and the Bush administration has died. In 2004, Army veteran Tomas Young deployed to Baghdad, where a bullet left him paralyzed. Young passed away at his home in Seattle.

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Veterans Voices Multitracked, Overdubbed, Amplified Through An Actor

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A new multimedia stage production, led by a Juilliard composer and an Iraq veteran who took up acting, hopes to help struggling soldiers battle post-traumatic stress disorder.

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A Benefit For Rural Vets: Getting Health Care Close To Home

Monday, October 13, 2014

Veterans in some rural areas have to travel hundreds of miles on empty interstates to get health care, losing a day of work or sometimes two. A new program lets them see nearby doctors instead.

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First National Mall Memorial Honoring Disabled Vets Opens In D.C.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

The American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial opens on Sunday, Oct. 5. It is the first monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. dedicated to severely wounded veterans of all the nation's wars.

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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.

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