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Quil Lawrence

Veterans Correspondent

Quil Lawrence is a New York-based correspondent for NPR News, covering veterans' issues nationwide. He won a Robert F. Kennedy Award for his coverage of American veterans and a Gracie Award for coverage of female combat veterans.

Lawrence started his career in radio by interviewing con men in Tangier, Morocco. He then moved to Bogota, Colombia, and covered Latin America for NPR, the BBC, and The LA Times.

In the Spring of 2000, a Pew Fellowship sponsored his first trips to Iraq — that reporting experience eventually built the foundation for his first book, Invisible Nation: How the Kurds' Quest for Statehood is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East (Bloomsbury, 2009).

Lawrence has reported from throughout the Arab world and from Sudan, Cuba, Pakistan, Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. He covered Iraq and Afghanistan for twelve years, serving as NPR's Bureau Chief in Baghdad and Kabul. He covered the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the second battle of Fallujah in 2004, as well as politics, culture, and war in both countries.

In 2012, Lawrence returned to the U.S. to cover the millions of men and women who have served at war, both recently and in past generations. NPR is possibly unique among major news organizations in dedicating a full-time correspondent to veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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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A Wisconsin combat veteran was driving down the highway in February when he suddenly found his name, license plate number and mental health information broadcast on the radio, on television and posted on electronic billboards across the state as part of a "Green Alert." A new Wisconsin law allows authorities to put that information out the same way an AMBER Alert publicizes missing children. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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Balancing Safety And Privacy When A Veteran Goes Missing

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President Trump speaks at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio, on Wednesday. His speech included a five-minute attack on the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Michael Conroy/AP hide caption

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Among False Claims, Trump Attacked McCain For Failing Veterans

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GOP Sen. Martha McSally Says She Was Raped While Serving In The Military

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VA Releases Rules For Law That Would Increase Access To Private Care

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New York Jury Considers Allegations In Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Case

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Jury In New York To Decide Drug Lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's Fate

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Closing Arguments Heard In Trial Of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzmán

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U.S. Navy armorers wheel out 500-pound bombs for the wing racks of jets aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk in March 1971 off the coast of Vietnam. Rick Merron/AP hide caption

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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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