Quil Lawrence

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Quil Lawrence appears in the following:

Among Soldiers, Risk Of Suicide May Have Surprising Roots

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The journal JAMA Psychiatry is publishing initial findings from the largest-ever study of soldiers and suicide. They say a higher rate of those in the military have pre-existing mental conditions.

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Yale Law Students Raise Case For Discharged Vets

Monday, March 03, 2014

Before PTSD existed as a diagnosis, Vietnam War veterans who suffered from it often received a discharge other than honorable. A Yale Law School clinic is filing a class action lawsuit for them.

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Vets-Turned-Firefighters Find Brotherhood, Purpose

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran Chris Delplato wanted to be a firefighter for a long time.

"Ever since I was a little kid — [toy] truck and everything," Delplato says. But he only just got his dream job, after first joining the Navy and serving in the Persian Gulf.

He was hired by New ...

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Vets Mark Sept. 11 Anniversary With Yosemite Climb

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fifteen Iraq and Afghanistan vets, many of them disabled, climbed Half Dome and El Capitan in Yosemite National Park on Sept. 11. The climb is the culmination of a three-day hike, which for many of the vets has had the therapeutic effect of reproducing a combat patrol — just without ...

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A Veteran's Piercing True Story Leaps From Page To Stage

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Iraq veteran Brian Castner wrote a book about his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder for his kids, so they could someday know what he'd been going through when he came home from war.

"The first thing you should know about me is that I'm crazy," Castner writes in the opening ...

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At A Texas Base, Battling Army's Top Threat: Suicide

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Suicide killed more American troops last year than combat in Afghanistan, and that is likely to be the case again this year.

According to the Pentagon, there were at least 349 confirmed suicides in 2012, compared with 310 U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan in the same period.

Historically, ...

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For Ailing Vets In Rural Areas, Telemedicine Can Be The Cure

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Howard Lincoln of White Mountain, Alaska, doesn't always hear it when people knock on his door. He's 82 and he still has a little shrapnel in his jaw from a mortar shell that nearly killed him in the Korean War 60 years ago.

"We heard it whistling, but I was ...

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Forgotten For Decades, WWII Alaskans Finally Get Their Due

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Alaskan Clyde Iyatunguk grew up hearing stories about the U.S. Army colonel, Marvin 'Muktuk' Marston, who helped his father trade his spear for a rifle, to protect his homeland during World War II.

Marston is a household name with Native Alaskans. The nickname comes from an Eskimo eating contest — ...

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Searching For Veterans On Alaska's Remote Edges

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

When he was in Vietnam, Isaac Oxereok's small build made him ideal for tunnel-ratting: running with a pistol and a flashlight into underground passages built by the Viet Cong. In 1967 he finished his tour with the Army and returned home to Wales, Alaska. Oxereok knew he wasn't quite right, ...

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Off The Battlefield, Military Women Face Risks From Male Troops

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dora Hernandez gave a decade of her life to the U.S. Navy and the Army National Guard, but some of the dangers surprised her.

"The worst thing for me is that you don't have to worry about the enemy, you have to worry about your own soldiers," she says.

Sitting ...

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ProFile: 'Their Stories Can Help Bridge The Gap Between Veterans And Civilians.'

Monday, March 18, 2013

After years covering the Middle East and reporting on wars and violence in the region, award-winning NPR Corespondent Quil Lawrence turns to the millions of Americans transitioning to life back at home after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Here, he shares some insight into what it takes to ...

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Women In Combat, And The Price They Pay

Monday, March 18, 2013

America has been debating the role of women in combat since 1779.

That's when the Continental Congress first awarded a military disability pension to Mary Corbin after she manned a cannon in the Revolutionary War at the battle of Fort Washington in New York. Corbin got only half the pension ...

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Female Soldiers Face Tough Switch From Front Lines To Homefront

Sunday, March 17, 2013

In a series of reports this week, NPR's Quil Lawrence looks at some of the most pressing challenges facing America's nearly 2 million female veterans. Like men, they often need assistance in finding jobs, dealing with PTSD and reintegrating into their families. And all too often, women say their military ...

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Suicide Hotline Fights To Keep Vets And Troops Alive

Friday, December 28, 2012

For the first time in a decade of war, more active-duty troops took their own lives this year than died fighting in Afghanistan. The national suicide hotline is one way the Department...

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