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Quil Lawrence

BBC

Quil Lawrence is a BBC correspondent based in Baghdad.

Quil Lawrence appears in the following:

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."

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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. Neither goal has been met, but veterans' advocates hope momentum on progress isn't lost.

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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.

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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.

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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 ...

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Some Veterans Affairs Reforms Undermine Medical Recruitment Efforts

Monday, August 31, 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs is suffering a shortfall of physicians, especially in mental health. A steady flow of scandals and attempts at strict reform by Congress may be hurting recruitment.

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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 Congr...

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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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