Quil Lawrence

BBC

Quil Lawrence is a BBC correspondent based in Baghdad.

Quil Lawrence appears in the following:

VA Re-Evaluates Family Caregiver Program

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs is re-evaluating some of the people it dropped from its caregiver program following an NPR report. We have an update on what's changed and what's next.

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LA's VA Campus: A Ballpark, An Oil Well ... And, Maybe Soon, A Home For Homeless Vets

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Los Angeles has one of the nation's worst rates of homeless veterans, but its Veterans Affairs campus doesn't support many of them. Instead it has gardens, a baseball stadium ... but that may change.

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Veterans At Risk Of Suicide Negotiate A Thorny Relationship With Guns

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Researchers say putting guns out of reach reduces the chances that suicidal veterans could take their own lives, but changing the law is a controversial idea.

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Veterans' Advocates Hope To Prevent Suicide By Limiting Access To Guns

Monday, May 01, 2017

There's no clear consensus on why veterans' suicide is on the rise. There is a consensus on how to prevent it: take away their guns. But that may not be a viable suggestion politically.

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The Call-In: Your Stories About Veterans Affairs

Sunday, April 30, 2017

This week's Call-In is about the Department of Veterans Affairs: stories from veterans about getting health care and ideas for reforming the whole agency.

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Rate Of Suicide Among Female Veterans Climbs, VA Says

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Veterans have a significantly higher rate of suicide than civilians. The numbers for female veterans, however, are two to five times higher than their civilian counterparts.

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Some VAs Are Dropping Veteran Caregivers From Their Rolls

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Veterans Affairs has a program to pay family members who care for veterans with disabilities. Several caregivers say they have been dropped without explanation; the VA says it is not cutting back.

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VA Urged To Take Advantage Of Momentum And Keep Reforming Itself

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The combination of a GOP controlled government and a secretary held over from the Obama administration may have created an opportunity for progress at the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs.

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State Department Halts Special Visa Program For Afghans

Monday, March 13, 2017

The State Department is running out of visas to offer Afghans who worked with American troops, and the prospects appear dim for offering more. The end of the visa program for Afghans is taking place at the same time the U.S. is tightening other restrictions on travel, especially from mostly-Muslim countries.

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Senate Confirms First Nonveteran To Lead VA

Monday, February 13, 2017

Senators unanimously voted to confirm VA Health Undersecretary Dr. David Shulkin as full secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. He's a rare Trump holdover from the Obama administration.

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VA Secretary Nominee David Shulkin Faces Senate For Confirmation Hearing

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Veterans Affairs secretary nominee David Shulkin faces his Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday. The session follows reports by NPR that document shortcomings in the longstanding attempts to improve the way the VA provides care, and promises by President Trump to further privatize its health services.

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VA: Competition With Private Sector Is An Obstacle To Hiring More Medical Staff

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

An NPR investigation examines reasons why it's hard to bring new medical personnel into the VA, including a cumbersome hiring process.

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VA Hospitals Still Struggling With Adding Staff Despite Billions From Choice Act

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Money from the Veterans Choice Act, which was meant to improve medical staffing levels at VA health centers, has had little impact on hiring numbers and how quickly vets get access to medical care.

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Hiring Freeze And Obamacare Repeal Could Clobber Veterans Affairs

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, some of those left uninsured will be veterans. They may turn to the VA, further burdening a troubled health care system.

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Does Pick Of Shulkin As VA Head Indicate Trump's Views Are Evolving?

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.

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Trump Nominates VA Undersecretary For Health To Head Department

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.

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Veterans Fight Misconception: Wartime Service Is Linked To Violent Crime

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.

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Military-Trained Police May Be Less Hasty To Shoot, But That Got This Vet Fired

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.

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No, FDR Did Not Know The Japanese Were Going To Bomb Pearl Harbor

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.

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Trump Transition Team Holds 'Listening Session' With Veterans Groups

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.

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