Quil Lawrence

BBC

Quil Lawrence is a BBC correspondent based in Baghdad.

Quil Lawrence appears in the following:

A Black Vietnam veteran is suing the VA for discrimination

Monday, November 28, 2022

A Black Vietnam veteran is suing the Department of Veterans Affairs for discrimination, according to records obtained by FOIA. The VA says it's studying how to address a history of racial bias.

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The U.S. military takes measures to protect bases from flooding

Friday, November 25, 2022

Climate scientists have been issuing dire warnings about rising sea levels. The U.S. military has been taking measures to safeguard its facilities.

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New Memorial on the National Mall honors Native veterans who served the nation

Friday, November 11, 2022

Native American veterans gathered in Washington, D.C., this Veterans' Day to unveil a memorial at the National Museum of the American Indian.

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A memorial for Native American veterans has been years in the making

Friday, November 11, 2022

The National Museum of the American Indian holds a dedication ceremony Friday for a memorial honoring Native veterans.

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Vetting the Vote: Military veterans volunteer as impartial poll workers

Friday, November 04, 2022

A group called Vet the Vote is encouraging military veterans to help with the critical shortage of election workers in an atmosphere filled with heated rhetoric and threats against poll workers.

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Vet the Vote encourages veterans to help out with the shortage of election workers

Thursday, November 03, 2022

A group called Vet the Vote is encouraging veterans to help out with the shortage of election workers in an atmosphere made tense by heated rhetoric and even threats against poll workers.

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The U.S. Army is retooling itself to build up deterrence against China

Thursday, November 03, 2022

The U.S. Army is retooling itself in the Indo-Pacific region to build up deterrence against its top challenger: rising China.

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The GI Bill left behind Black World War II vets. Now there's a move to fix that

Thursday, October 20, 2022

Black vets fought overseas but returned home to segregation — which made it harder for them to benefit from the GI Bill. Some in Congress hope to remedy that injustice.

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Black vets were excluded from GI bill benefits — a bill in congress aims to fix that

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

In 1944, the GI Bill lifted a generation into the middle class — but excluded Black vets who served their country at war and came home to segregation. A bill in Congress aims to fix that.

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When flooding from Ian trapped one Florida town, an airboat navy came to the rescue

Thursday, October 06, 2022

After Hurricane Ian dumped record levels of rain across Florida, rivers flooded, leaving thousands stranded on newly created islands.

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Migrants who work as day laborers are reluctant to ask for government help after Ian

Tuesday, October 04, 2022

People in Florida are turning to the government for help after Hurricane Ian. But that's not an option for the many people who work as day laborers or in service industries on the Gulf Coast.

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Rescue efforts in Florida are still being hampered by floodwaters from Ian

Monday, October 03, 2022

The city of Arcadia, Fla., is 50 miles inland from the Gulf Coast, but it's still grappling with the water Hurricane Ian dumped last week. The flooded Peace River has cut off thousands of homes.

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Flooding and closed roads are some of the challenges Florida's people face after Ian

Sunday, October 02, 2022

Flooding cut off I-75 for hours as officials struggle to restore power and water to residents in the path of the storm's destruction.

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How the Biden administration's climate goals align with the military

Friday, September 23, 2022

The Pentagon held its first ever Energy Expo this week. One conclusion? The best way to sell the military on green tech may be to make sure it's lethal.

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After being dropped, vets and their caregivers may remain in VA program

Friday, September 16, 2022

Veterans and their caregivers who are part of a popular Department of Veterans Affairs program are breathing easier after a three-year grace period on unenrollment was announced.

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Federal home loan program is still failing Native American veterans after 30 years

Thursday, August 25, 2022

The GI bill has helped generations of veterans get an education and easy home loans. But that benefit has never really been available to Native Americans living on tribal land.

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One Native veteran's new mission: Fill in the gaps of VA care on his reservation

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Five-tour combat veteran Jestin Dupree works for the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes on the Fort Peck reservation in Montana. He aims to fill in gaps in VA care that often leave Native veterans behind.

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A year after the Taliban takeover, U.S. veterans worry about the Afghan people

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

This week marks one year since the abrupt end of the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. U.S. veterans are still trying to come to terms with the collapse of the mission.

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Native Americans living on tribal land have struggled to access veteran home loans

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The GI bill has helped generations of veterans get an education and easy home loans. But that benefit has never really been available to Native Americans living on tribal land.

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Biden to sign a bill that would care for veterans made sick by toxic exposures

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

President Biden on Wednesday will sign the PACT Act, a bill to care for veterans exposed to toxins that is considered the biggest expansion of veterans' health care in U.S. history.

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