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Quil Lawrence

BBC

Quil Lawrence is a BBC correspondent based in Baghdad.

Quil Lawrence appears in the following:

After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill

Monday, July 28, 2014

Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.

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Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders

Friday, July 11, 2014

There's overmedicating and self-medicating, but some vets are "de-medicating." Prescribed multiple drugs to deal with PTSD and pain, they've stopped taking them — without authorization.

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A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Service members are prescribed narcotic painkillers three times as often as civilians. For some vets, dependence on those pills becomes a bigger problem than their original ailment.

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Obama Taps Former Procter & Gamble Chief To Helm VA

Monday, June 30, 2014

President Obama has picked Robert McDonald, the former CEO of Procter & Gamble, to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald will face a difficult task. The VA is is embroiled in a controversy over falsified and lengthy wait times for veterans.

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Obama To Nominate Ex-Procter & Gamble Chief To Head VA

Monday, June 30, 2014

President Obama's choice to head the Department of Veterans Affairs is former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald. He is West Point grad from a military family, and would lead an agency in crisis.

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Vets Mark Sept. 11 Anniversary With Yosemite Climb

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fifteen Iraq and Afghanistan vets, many of them disabled, climbed Half Dome and El Capitan in Yosemite. The climb had the therapeutic effect of reproducing a combat patrol — without bombs or bullets.

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To Treat PTSD, Veterans Have A Vast Array Of Ineffective Solutions

Friday, June 20, 2014

A new report by the Institute of Medicine rates the different treatments used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, also recommending areas for further research.

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How The Kurds Could Benefit From Iraq's Crisis

Thursday, June 19, 2014

While much of the country is in turmoil, the Kurdish areas in northern Iraq have remained peaceful. The upheaval could help advance the Kurds' long-standing quest for an independent state.

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Overburdened VA Shelves Ad Campaign To Attract More Veterans

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The VA is rethinking its outreach, and is pausing a $4 million ad campaign. The problem: outreach might bring more veterans into a system that's struggling to handle who it is already serving.

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Senate Version Adds Costs To VA Overhaul Measure

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Senate passed a bipartisan bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. The measure is close enough to a version already passed by the House that it could reach the president's desk soon.

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In A Rare Act Of Bipartisan Speed, Senate Passes VA Reforms

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Senate has passed a bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. Like a similar bill in the House, the Senate bill gives veterans the option of seeking private care if the VA takes too long and makes it easier to fire VA employees. But the Senate version also spends a lot more money on doctors and hospitals than the House version.

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A Campaign To House The Homeless Reaches A Milestone

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The campaign to find permanent homes for 100,000 homeless people, including the chronically homeless, was started four years ago. Now, the group behind the push says it has reached its goal.

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With More Veterans Needing Health Care, What Will The Cost Be?

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Veterans Affairs has a budget of $160 billion, the second largest in government. Some veterans groups say this isn't enough to meet the rapidly expanding demands placed on the VA health system.

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Audit Reveals Vast Scale Of VA Waitlist Issues

Monday, June 09, 2014

Before former Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki stepped down, he ordered an audit of the VA system, hoping to find how many hospitals were lying about wait times. The audit found that approximately 100,000 veterans are waiting too long for care at the VA.

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VA Health Care's Chronic Ailments: Long Waits And Red Tape

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Problems at the VA are not new; the system has struggled for years to deliver health care in a timely manner. Most of those enduring long waits are older vets from Vietnam, Korea and World War II.

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Can Civilian Health Care Help Fix The VA? Congress Weighs In

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

In response to the crisis in lengthy wait times for medical care, Congress and veterans groups again are debating the proper role of private sector solutions.

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Shinseki's Apology Punctuates A Long Career Of Service

Friday, May 30, 2014

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki apologized for lengthy waits at VA facilities, saying he's ousting the leaders of a VA hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., after stories about delays in care there. Shinseki's decision to resign marks a muddy end to an illustrious career, which began when he joined the Army nearly five decades ago.

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Embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigns

Friday, May 30, 2014

VA Sec. Eric Shinseki resigned Friday after meeting with President Obama. Obama praised Shinseki, but said the retired general feels that new leadership is needed to address the department's problems.

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VA Secretary Apologizes For 'Indefensible' Treatment Delays

Friday, May 30, 2014

Addressing a homeless veterans group Friday, Veterans Affairs Sec. Eric Shinseki says he will support a bill that would strengthen his office's ability to hire and fire staff within the VA system.

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Veterans' 'Philoctetes' Puts Modern Spin On Ancient Greek Play

Thursday, May 29, 2014

An ancient Greek play about the wounds of war is getting a new angle in A Female Philoctetes — a production made up of mostly Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

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