Quil Lawrence


Quil Lawrence is a BBC correspondent based in Baghdad.

Quil Lawrence appears in the following:

COVID-19 Pandemic Threatens Homeless Veterans

Friday, September 25, 2020

Homelessness among veterans has dropped by about half in the past decade. Now there's concern that some of that progress could unravel, with the effects of the pandemic and economic crash.


Jon Stewart Uses His Celebrity To Bring Attention To Vets Exposed To Burn Pits

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The comedian and activist is helping to launch a new campaign to fight for war veterans who say they are sick because of exposure to burn pits and other toxins in Afghanistan and Iraq.


White House Plan Breaks Taboo: A Focus On Guns And Veteran Suicide

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

The Trump Administration's new suicide prevention strategy mentions the touchy subject of gun-safety. It will aim to fight the stigma around people seeking help during a mental health crisis.


The White House's New Suicide Prevention Plan For Veterans Addresses Access To Guns

Monday, August 03, 2020

The White House's new suicide prevention plan for veterans includes restricting access to guns. It's politically charged, but experts say it's the most obvious way to help.


Trump Administration Clears For-Profit Colleges To Register Veterans Again

Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Department of Veterans Affairs is no longer blocking several schools that the Federal Trade Commission penalized for deceptive advertising from enrolling GI Bill students.


As The Country Reexamines Statues And Symbols, The VA Resists A Gender-Neutral Motto

Sunday, June 28, 2020

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a male-focused motto that some veterans and lawmakers say needs updating.


NYPD Officer Accused Of Using Chokehold Charged With Strangulation

Friday, June 26, 2020

The officer, 39-year-old David Afanador, was suspended the same day the cellphone video appeared to show him choking a Black man on a Queens boardwalk.


NYPD Suspends Officer Over Using Apparent Chokehold During Arrest

Monday, June 22, 2020

Video shows an officer using an apparent chokehold on a man who had been shouting invective at passersby and police. Chokeholds have been banned in New York City since 1993.


NYPD Eliminates Plainclothes Anti-Crime Units Implicated In Many Shootings

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Commissioner Dermot F. Shea says he will move toward more high tech, intelligence-based policing and away from "brute force." "It will be felt immediately in the communities that we protect," he says.


Atlanta Police Chief Resigns

Saturday, June 13, 2020

The mayor of Atlanta announced the resignation of the city's police chief, just hours after police shot and killed a black man outside a fast food restaurant.


New York Criminalizes Use Of Chokeholds By Police

Friday, June 12, 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has approved changes that have been vehemently opposed by police unions for years — including allowing the public to access police officers' past disciplinary records.


What Veterans Think About Sending Active-Duty Troops To Police Protests

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Some military officials have come out against the deployment of active-duty troops to police nationwide protests. Others, including some army veterans, have supported the idea.


Memorial Day Honor Flights Canceled Because Of Coronavirus Crisis

Monday, May 25, 2020

Thousands of people who were planning to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C., on Memorial Day had to cancel this year. That includes veterans traveling with the nonprofit network Honor Flight.


Veterans See Caregivers As Even More Crucial In The COVID-19 Era

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Veterans' homes have been ravaged by the virus. The VA has just announced new rules for its caregivers program, but veterans' groups fear thousands will be left behind.


VA Says It's Getting More Masks For Staff; Workers Say They're Still Unsafe

Saturday, May 02, 2020

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been criticized for its lack of preparation and response to the coronavirus crisis and how its serving its vulnerable population.


VA Head Acknowledges Challenges For Health Care Workers Battling Coronavirus

Monday, April 20, 2020

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie says his health system is not overwhelmed, but it has been forced to ration protective gear.


VA Head Pledges To Provide Health Care Backstop, Responds To Lack Of Gear Claims

Monday, April 20, 2020

Veterans Affairs head Robert Wilkie responded to claims that his staff lack protective gear. He says the VA is fulfilling its "fourth mission" of providing a health care backstop for the U.S.


N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Orders Public Mask Use To Curb COVID-19 Spread

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Cuomo has joined other states and said people in New York must wear masks in public when they can't remain 6 feet apart, in order to protect the gains his state has made against the coronavirus.


Public Health Service Poised To Create A Ready Reserve To Fight The Coronavirus

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The U.S. Public Health Service has won congressional authorization for a ready reserve of doctors and nurses to deploy across the country.


New York City's COVID-19 Death Toll Soars Past 10,000

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

City officials have recalculated the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus to include some 4,000 people who died at home probably from the illness but who were not tested.