Quil Lawrence is a BBC correspondent based in Baghdad.
Quil Lawrence appears in the following:
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The White House has vowed to end chronic homelessness among veterans by 2015. We profile one vet in San Diego whose odyssey illustrates why it's so hard to get vets off the street.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Overall, there are fewer homeless veterans these days. But that good news is tempered by the growing number of homeless vets with families, including many women.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
The report said it couldn't be proven that anyone had died because of wait times at the medical center in Phoenix. On Tuesday, President Obama pledged to do better by vets and announced initiatives.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
President Obama addressed the annual convention of the American Legion in North Carolina with a raft of new proposals for vets.
Friday, August 22, 2014
There are countless programs to help veterans readjust to civilian life. One of the most unusual is in San Diego, where vets get together in a caged boxing ring and punch each other in the face.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.