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Quil Lawrence

Veterans Correspondent

Quil Lawrence is a New York-based correspondent for NPR News, covering national security, climate and veterans' issues nationwide. Previously he was NPR's Bureau Chief in Kabul and Baghdad.

Lawrence started his radio career by interviewing con-men in Tangier, Morocco in 1995. He then moved to Bogotá, Colombia, and covered Latin America and the Caribbean for NPR, the BBC and the LA Times.

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

Reporting for the BBC World Service, he traveled throughout the Arab world and to Sudan, Pakistan, Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.

Lawrence covered Iraq and Afghanistan for 12 years, including 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 2009 he joined NPR as Baghdad Bureau Chief, and then served as Kabul Bureau Chief.

In 2012, Lawrence returned to the U.S. to start a beat covering 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.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) honored Lawrence with its Award for Leadership in Journalism. His coverage of life after war won a Robert F. Kennedy Award, and he received a Gracie Award for a series on female combat veterans. He co-hosted Home/Front, a podcast about the civilian-military divide, which the New York Times recognized among the ten best podcasts of 2021. The series won an Edward R. Murrow Award for the episode Marla's War.

Lawrence edited Pictures on the Radio, a book of the late photographer David Gilkey's work for NPR News, which won the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's Sergeant Major Dan Daly Award and was named Photography Book of the Year by PoYi.

Originally from 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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Thursday

Edmund Garcia, an Iraq War veteran, stands outside his home in Rosharon, Texas. Like many vets, he was told if he took a mortgage forbearance, his monthly payments wouldn't go up afterward. Joseph Bui for NPR hide caption

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Wednesday

Matt and Helen Perry at their home in Yulee, Fla. Michelle Bruzzese for NPR hide caption

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It's time to stop downsizing health care, the Pentagon says. This couple can't wait

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Monday

What we know about the airman who immolated himself in front of the Israeli Embassy

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Saturday

Edmund Garcia, an Iraq war veteran, holds the American flag over his shoulder outside his home on Thursday in Rosharon, Texas. Joseph Bui for NPR hide caption

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Friday

The VA home loan debacle continues, and now lawmakers are laying on the pressure

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Saturday

Taylor Swift hugs Kansas City Chiefs player Travis Kelce after a game last month against the Baltimore Ravens as she wears a diamond bracelet designed by Wove, a company founded by two former U.S. Army Rangers. Rob Carr/Getty Images hide caption

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Vets' jewelry company feels the 'Swift effect' after the singer wore diamond bracelet

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Thursday

A jewelry company started by veterans gets a boost from Taylor Swift

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Thursday

Wednesday

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The self-proclaimed 'Bipolar General' is waging war on the stigma of mental illness

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Tuesday

Helping veterans cope with life after a bipolar diagnosis

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Friday

Marine Corps veteran Ed O'Connor is seen outside his home in Fredericksburg, Va. He is among tens of thousands of veterans who took a COVID forbearance on a VA home loan. But the VA's program ended abruptly in October of 2022 and many veterans were asked to either pay all the missed payments or face foreclosure. Catie Dull/NPR hide caption

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Veterans fear the VA's new foreclosure rescue plan won't help them

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Friday

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VA halts foreclosures for thousands of veterans about to needlessly lose their homes

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Thursday

Veterans John Follmer, right, and Alejandro Rocha, left, do outreach on on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. They met Chris Brown, center, and offered to connect him with veterans services. Alex Welsh for NPR hide caption

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The answer to veterans homelessness could be one of LA's most expensive neighborhoods

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Wednesday

A reclaimed VA campus in West LA could help with the city's homelessness crisis

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Friday

An Israeli soldier walks past a house damaged during the Hamas attack in Kibbutz Kfar Azza, Israel, on Friday. The Kibbutz was attacked on Oct. 7. Maya Alleruzzo/AP hide caption

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As the Israel-Hamas war rages, the U.S. wants to offer Israel advice — and get advised

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Monday

Mistakes made in the wake of 9/11 could serve as cautionary tales for Israel

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Monday

U.S Marine Corps Col. Thomas M. Bedell, the commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, poses for a photo at the station's Energy and Water Operations Center on MCAS Miramar. Lance Cpl. Jose S. GuerreroDeLeon/U.S. Marines/DVIDS hide caption

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The military is turning to microgrids to fight global threats — and global warming

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Friday

Marking 2 years since the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan

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Wednesday

Members of the California National Guard's Task Force Rattlesnake clear brush and small trees to reduce the likelihood of a high-intensity wildfire. Max Whittaker for NPR hide caption

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Hotter climate means a never-ending fire season for the National Guard

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Tuesday

The National Guard turns to firefighting amid worsening climate change

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Wednesday

Ian Fishback, who blew the whistle on torture by the U.S. military, was laid to rest

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Tuesday

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Veterans are encouraged to enroll for PACT Act benefits by Aug. 9

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Veterans are encouraged to enroll for Pact Act benefits by Aug. 9

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