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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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U.S. soldiers traverse fields on the way to conducting house-to- house searches in 2007 in Mukhisa, Iraq. Chris Hondros/Getty Images hide caption

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Veterans Claiming Illness From Burn Pits Lose Court Fight

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Militant Suspected Of USS Cole Bombing Is Killed In U.S. Airstrike

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Retired Sgt. Chris Kurtz wheels himself up to his front door as his wife and caretaker, Heather Kurtz, follows behind. The Department of Veterans Affairs told him last summer that he no longer needs a caregiver. Erica Brechtelsbauer for NPR hide caption

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VA Says It Will Stop Arbitrarily Dropping Caregivers From Program

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Ret. Sgt. Chris Kurtz and his wife Heather Kurtz pose for a portrait on the couch in their living room. Erica Brechtelsbauer for NPR hide caption

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VA Still Arbitrarily Cutting Caregivers From Program, Even As It Aims To Expand

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Veterans gather at the site of the 1776 Battle of Fort Washington in Manhattan. They are calling on the VA to rename the Manhattan VA Medical Center in honor of Margaret Corbin, who took her husband's place during the battle after he was killed. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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'To Care For Him': Female Veterans Ask VA To Include Them In Its Motto

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Burke deployed to southern Afghanistan in 2009. Based in a remote village, he was friendly with the local children and then scarred when several died when they found a piece of unexploded ordnance. Courtesy of Thomas Burke hide caption

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Connecticut VA Opens Its Doors To 'Bad Paper' Veterans

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Why It's Notable That A Slew Of New Members Elected To Congress Are Military Veterans

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Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie said his department is on the mend after a tumultuous 2018. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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After A Year Of Turmoil, New VA Secretary Says 'Waters Are Calmer'

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Pittsburgh Community Reels Following Mass Shooting At Synagogue

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Pittsburgh Holds Vigil To Honor Victims In Synagogue Shooting

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Major Investigation Underway After Suspicious Packages Mailed To Government Officials

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Post-Michael: Hard-Hit Florida Residents Consider Whether To Rebuild

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