Quil Lawrence

Quil Lawrence

Veterans Correspondent

David Aquila ("Quil") Lawrence is an award-winning correspondent for NPR News, covering the millions of Americans who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as they transition to life back at home.

Previously, Lawrence served as NPR's Bureau Chief in Kabul. He joined NPR in 2009 as Baghdad Bureau Chief – capping off ten years of reporting in Iraq and all the bordering countries. That experience made the foundation for his first book Invisible Nation: How the Kurds' Quest for Statehood is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East, published in 2008.

Before coming to NPR, Lawrence was based in Jerusalem, as Middle East correspondent for The World, a BBC/PRI co-production. For the BBC he covered the fall of the Taliban in December 2001 and returned to Afghanistan periodically to report on development, the drug trade and insurgency.

Lawrence began his career as a freelancer for NPR and various newspapers while based in Bogota, Colombia, covering Latin America. Other reporting trips took him to Sudan, Morocco, Cuba, Pakistan and Iran.

A native of Maine, Lawrence studied history at Brandeis University, with concentrations in the Middle East and Latin America. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Arabic.

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Charities Fill Gap In Providing Support For Military Veterans

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Platform Check: Presidential Nominees Share Plans To Help Veterans

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Jason Brezler in the market of Nowzad on May 7, 2010, with village elders, Afghan National Police and U.S. Marines. Maj. Brezler is now facing a possible discharge from the Marines after he emailed classified documents. Monique Jaques/Getty Images hide caption

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A U.S. Marine Tried To Warn A Comrade, Now He Faces A Discharge

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Coning left the Marines in 2013. His wife says she thinks it's likely he had post-traumatic stress disorder, but he was never tested for it by the VA. Courtesy of the Coning family hide caption

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After A Vet's Suicide, Getting VA Benefits Can Compound A Family's Grief

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Maximilian Uriarte wrote and illustrated The White Donkey, a graphic novel that highlights the tedium of deployment. "I think you can get a lot more nuance, a lot more meaning out of a story that isn't based in some kind of grand battle," he says. Courtesy of Little Brown and Co. hide caption

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Soldiers Turned Authors Want You To Know: Our Books Don't Speak For All Vets

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ACLU Report Documents Deportation Of U.S. Veterans

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VA Panel Report To Suggest More Private Care Choices For Veterans

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Psychologist Diane Adams devotes a portion of her private practice in Renton, Wash., to veterans. But she said the bureaucracy involved in the Veterans Choice program has proved frustrating and veterans have had a hard time getting approval to see her. Patricia Murphy/KUOW hide caption

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For Doctors And Patients, 'Veterans Choice' Often Means Long Waits

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Donald Trump Details Donations To Veterans Organizations

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Soldiers, officers and civilian employees attend a ceremony for the U.S. Army's annual observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in March 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. According to the Pentagon, the initiative is "meant to reinforce a climate of dignity and respect founded on good order and discipline." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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New Report Says Pentagon Not Doing Enough For Sexual Assault Victims

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Navy veteran Amanda Wirtz looks through her correspondence with the Veterans Choice program. After the VA couldn't get her an appointment with a specialist, it sent her to the Choice program. But she still was unable to get an appointment for several months. Courtesy of KPBS hide caption

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How Congress And The VA Left Many Veterans Without A 'Choice'

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"Some days I wake up and go, 'Am I wasting time, when I could be on chemotherapy or getting a surgery?' " asks Tony Lapinski, a Montana veteran who worries about what is causing his severe back pain. Michael Albans for NPR hide caption

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Despite $10B 'Fix,' Veterans Are Waiting Even Longer To See Doctors

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The Spartan sword was forged from steel that was part of the World Trade Center when it came down on 9/11. The sword was created to inspire veterans to take the "Spartan Pledge" - a promise made between veterans not to commit suicide. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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Veterans Vow To Fight Suicide With A Sword Forged From 9/11 Tragedy

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Stacy Bannerman testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs in 2006. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty Images hide caption

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After Combat Stress, Violence Can Show Up At Home

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