Quil Lawrence is a BBC correspondent based in Baghdad.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, some of those left uninsured will be veterans.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.
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.