Quil Lawrence http://ualrpublicradio.org en After 5 Weeks Of Haggling, Congress Inks Bipartisan VA Bill http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/after-5-weeks-haggling-congress-inks-bipartisan-va-bill <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=After+5+Weeks+Of+Haggling%2C+Congress+Inks+Bipartisan+VA+Bill&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3NTY5MTc2MDEzMDY5NDU2MjQ3NDZhOA001)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 27276 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/veterans-kick-prescription-pill-habit-against-doctors-orders For many people with post-traumatic stress disorder, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/01/16/144672190/ending-nightmares-caused-by-ptsd">sleeping can return you to the worst place</a> you've ever been, at the worst possible moment.<p>"I always see his face," says Will, who did tours in Iraq and Afghanistan with the Army. "And in my dreams it's the same thing. ... I always walk over to him, and instead of this Afghani kid that's laying there, it's my little brother."<p>The memory that triggers Will's nightmare happened during his tour in Afghanistan. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:59:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 26365 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Veterans Kick The Prescription Pill Habit, Against Doctors' Orders A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/growing-number-veterans-struggles-quit-powerful-painkillers There are antlers everywhere on the walls of Bryan and Mike McDonel's place near Pine Bluff, Ark. The house is hardly big enough for all their hunting trophies. Both are good shots with their hunting bows; Bryan and Mike, his father, served in the Arkansas National Guard and deployed together to Iraq, twice.<p>The McDonel family has served in the military for generations. But Bryan, 35, is out of the service now. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:23:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 26288 at http://ualrpublicradio.org A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers Obama Taps Former Procter & Gamble Chief To Helm VA http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/obama-taps-former-procter-gamble-chief-helm-va President Obama has picked Robert McDonald, the former CEO of Procter & Gamble, to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. If confirmed by the Senate, McDonald will face a difficult task. The VA is is embroiled in a controversy over falsified and lengthy wait times for veterans. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 25684 at http://ualrpublicradio.org How The Kurds Could Benefit From Iraq's Crisis http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/how-kurds-could-benefit-iraqs-crisis The current crisis in Iraq has focused on the Sunni-Shiite conflict, but relatively little has been heard from the other major ethnic group in Iraq, the Kurds. And that's just the way the Kurds would like it.<p>The Kurds have been seeking an independent state for a century but have been stymied at every turn. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:07:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 25087 at http://ualrpublicradio.org How The Kurds Could Benefit From Iraq's Crisis Senate Version Adds Costs To VA Overhaul Measure http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/senate-version-adds-costs-va-overhaul-measure The Senate passed a bipartisan bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. The measure is close enough to a version already passed by the House that it could reach the president's desk soon. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:12:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 24676 at http://ualrpublicradio.org In A Rare Act Of Bipartisan Speed, Senate Passes VA Reforms http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/rare-act-bipartisan-speed-senate-passes-va-reforms The Senate has passed a bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs. Like a similar bill in the House, the Senate bill gives veterans the option of seeking private care if the VA takes too long and makes it easier to fire VA employees. But the Senate version also spends a lot more money on doctors and hospitals than the House version. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 24665 at http://ualrpublicradio.org With More Veterans Needing Health Care, What Will The Cost Be? http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/more-veterans-needing-health-care-what-will-cost-be A new generation of American vets is home from war — about 2.6 million of them. And there are about 10 million older veterans, many from the Vietnam era, hitting their 60s, 70s or 80s. Taking care of both groups is getting expensive.<p>"If they can afford to pay for wars, they can afford to pay for the treatment after the wars," says Garry Augustine, with Disabled American Veterans. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 19:29:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 24566 at http://ualrpublicradio.org With More Veterans Needing Health Care, What Will The Cost Be? Audit Reveals Vast Scale Of VA Waitlist Issues http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/audit-reveals-vast-scale-va-waitlist-issues Before former Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki stepped down, he ordered an audit of the VA system, hoping to find how many hospitals were lying about wait times. The audit found that approximately 100,000 veterans are waiting too long for care at the VA. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 24514 at http://ualrpublicradio.org VA Health Care's Chronic Ailments: Long Waits And Red Tape http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/va-health-cares-chronic-ailments-long-waits-and-red-tape More than 2.5 million veterans served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they qualify for health care and benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:36:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 24264 at http://ualrpublicradio.org VA Health Care's Chronic Ailments: Long Waits And Red Tape