Quil Lawrence is a BBC correspondent based in Baghdad.
Quil Lawrence appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.