Quil Lawrence is a BBC correspondent based in Baghdad.
Quil Lawrence appears in the following:
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Advocates were surprised that Trump chose top VA official David Shulkin as his pick to run the full department. What concerns them is Trump's support for increasing the privatization of VA services.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
President-elect Donald Trump says he has nominated Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Health David Shulkin to become secretary of the department in his administration.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Veterans say the public jumps to inaccurate conclusions about combat veterans when vets are involved in mass shootings. Statistics show veterans are less likely to be involved in crime than civilians.
Thursday, December 08, 2016
A Marine-turned-cop was fired after he did not shoot a man who had a gun. His Marine training led him to believe there wasn't clear hostile intent; his bosses say he risked other officers' lives.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
There's no evidence to support it, but the conspiracy theory that President Franklin Roosevelt knew beforehand about Pearl Harbor refuses to die, to the consternation of World War II historians.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
President-elect Trump's transition officials have scheduled a "listening session" for Thursday with veterans advocates, including the American Legion and other groups. It's playing out following big promises by Trump to overhaul the workings of veterans care in the U.S. and continuing discussion about his potential appointment to run the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Nashville singer-songwriter Becky Warren penned an album inspired by her former marriage to an Iraq veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder. On this Veterans Day, her goal was to help people understand what it's like to go through a deployment and deal with its aftermath.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Veterans are frustrated their issues have been absent from the presidential debates so far. The war in Afghanistan has also gone almost without mention.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Toyota announced this year that it's backing the return of the iBOT, which went out of production in 2009. Inventor Dean Kamen says a reboot would include improvements using the latest technology.
Thursday, October 06, 2016
The first American ever to walk the Appalachian Trail in one season was a World War II vet, who said he wanted to walk off the war. Now, a nonprofit sponsors combat veterans to do the same thing.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The U.S. spends billions caring for disabled vets, but private charities play a crucial role in getting veterans' families what they need. Now there's concern the charity purse is shrinking.
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
The next president could make sweeping changes to programs for veterans. NPR takes a look at what Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump say they will do for vets.
Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Marine reservist Jason Brezler warned comrades in Afghanistan about a dirty Afghan cop. No one took heed, and three Marines died. Now Brezler is facing a possible discharge from the Corps.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
A former Marine who served in Afghanistan took his own life recently. But there was no diagnosis linking his service to his suicide, making it hard for his family to receive full death benefits.
Monday, August 08, 2016
A new generation of veteran novelists are trying to navigate the pressure to be spokesmen for all veterans while simply trying to write good literature.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The Republican presidential candidate this week outlined 10 ways he would reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, including allowing veterans to choose a doctor outside the VA system.
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
The American Civil Liberties Union documented at least 84 veterans being deported or already exiled from the U.S., despite honorable service. NPR revisits the story covered last year.
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
The debate over how to overhaul the $10 billion Veterans Choice program is the latest skirmish between those who would like to privatize the VA and supporters of government health care.
Monday, June 06, 2016
The $10 billion Veterans Choice has not cut backlogs, critics say. This problem can be particularly urgent when it comes to mental health cases.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Donald Trump held a press conference Tuesday to address questions about charitable donations he claimed to make in support of military veterans.