Quil Lawrence David Aquila ("Quil") Lawrence is an award-winning correspondent with NPR News.
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Quil Lawrence
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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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Veterans Affairs secretary nominee Robert Wilkie (right) speaks with Marion Polk, national commander of AMVETS, before testifying at a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee nominations hearing Wednesday. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Trump's Uncontroversial VA Pick Sails Through Confirmation Hearing

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Robert Wilkie, Trump's Nominee To Lead VA, Has Relatively Smooth Confirmation Hearing

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What To Know About Trump's VA Secretary Nominee Robert Wilkie

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News Brief: Primaries Roundup, VA Secretary Hearing, War In Syria

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ICE Drops Deportation Threat Against Chinese Student Joining U.S. Army

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North Korea To Help Identify, Return Remains Of U.S. Troops From Korean War

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A casket team carries the remains of U.S. Army Cpl. Robert E. Meyers, a Korean War soldier, at Arlington National Cemetery in 2015. Meyers' remains were identified decades after his unit was involved in combat operations near Sonchu, North Korea. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Noncitizens Recruited For An Army Program Are At Risk For Deportation

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Gen. Robert Neller, front row fourth from left, at Bait-us-Samad (House of the Eternal) mosque outside Baltimore, Md., Thursday night. The Marine Corps' top general was an Iftar guest at the invitation of Marine veteran Mansoor Shams, fifth from left. Courtesy Mansoor Shams hide caption

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Marine Corps' Top General Joins Ramadan Meal

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Heath Phillips says the trauma of being sexually assaulted drove him to alcoholism and to go AWOL. Three decades later, the military has agreed to upgrade his discharge to honorable. Courtesy of Heath Phillips hide caption

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More Vets Who Are Coping With PTSD From Sexual Assaults Get Honorable Discharges

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Senate Passes $55 Billion Veterans Affairs Reform Bill

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(Top) Britnee Kinard's husband, Hamilton, has a brain injury and PTSD. She got kicked off the program by the Charleston VA in 2014. (Left) Hamilton's daily medication. (Right) His uniform in the closet at their home in Richmond Hill, Ga. Eva Verbeeck for NPR hide caption

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VA's Caregiver Program Still Dropping Veterans With Disabilities

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VA Says It's Trying To Improve Caregiver Program's Appeals Process

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Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, left, is seen as President Trump announces his intention to nominate Wilkie to be the next Veterans Affairs Secretary during a summit at the East Room of the White House on Friday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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