Quil Lawrence http://kplu.org en A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers http://kplu.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 22:34:54 +0000 Quil Lawrence 17686 at http://kplu.org A Growing Number Of Veterans Struggles To Quit Powerful Painkillers VA Health Care's Chronic Ailments: Long Waits And Red Tape http://kplu.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 19:35:17 +0000 Quil Lawrence 16950 at http://kplu.org VA Health Care's Chronic Ailments: Long Waits And Red Tape Can Civilian Health Care Help Fix The VA? Congress Weighs In http://kplu.org/post/can-civilian-health-care-help-fix-va-congress-weighs Veterans across the country are still waiting too long for medical care, a situation that drove the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/30/317372486/embattled-veterans-affairs-secretary-eric-shinseki-resigns">resignation</a> of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki last week.<p>Now Republicans and Democrats in Congress are competing to pass laws they think will fix the problem of medical wait times and other problems at the VA. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 22:18:11 +0000 Quil Lawrence 16931 at http://kplu.org Can Civilian Health Care Help Fix The VA? Congress Weighs In From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice' http://kplu.org/post/war-desert-murder-ball-ice <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wULh4froE7k</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 18:35:50 +0000 Quil Lawrence 14545 at http://kplu.org From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice' For ailing vets in rural areas, telemedicine can be the cure http://kplu.org/post/ailing-vets-rural-areas-telemedicine-can-be-cure Howard Lincoln of White Mountain, Alaska, doesn't always hear it when people knock on his door. He's 82 and he still has a little shrapnel in his jaw from a mortar shell that nearly killed him in the Korean War 60 years ago.<p>"We heard it whistling, but I was the third one in line running toward the bunker," he recalls.<p>Wounds to his face, arm and hip laid him up in a Tokyo hospital for quite a while. Wed, 29 May 2013 16:32:32 +0000 Quil Lawrence 8916 at http://kplu.org For ailing vets in rural areas, telemedicine can be the cure Stories from a new generation of American soldiers http://kplu.org/post/stories-new-generation-american-soldiers Iraq War veteran Brian Castner opens his new memoir, <em>The Long Walk, </em>with a direct and disturbing warning:<p>"The first thing you should know about me is that I'm Crazy," he writes. "I haven't always been. Until that one day, the day I went Crazy, I was fine. Or I thought I was. Not anymore."<p>More than 10 years since a new generation of Americans went into combat, the soldiers themselves are starting to write the story of war. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 14:04:11 +0000 Quil Lawrence 6282 at http://kplu.org Stories from a new generation of American soldiers