Quil Lawrence http://wxpr.org en After A Long Wait, 24 Models In Heroism Get Their Due http://wxpr.org/post/after-long-wait-24-models-heroism-get-their-due Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>On today's program, in interviews and stories from NPR reporters, we're following events in Crimea, as well as the continuing search for Malaysian Air Flight 370.<p>SIEGEL: Right now, a story about honor delayed but, in the end, not denied. This afternoon, President Barack Obama awarded 24 Americans the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest decoration for valor. And this is a unique group. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 15723 at http://wxpr.org Military Training Gives U.S. Paralympic Biathletes An Edge http://wxpr.org/post/military-training-gives-us-paralympic-biathletes-edge Biathlon may be the toughest endurance sport in the Olympics. After grueling circuits of Nordic skiing, athletes have to calm their breathing, steady their tired legs and shoot tiny targets with a rifle.<p>Andy Soule does it all with only his arms.<p>"It's a steep learning curve, learning to sit-ski," says Soule, a member of the U.S. Paralympic team. He's strapped into a seat attached to two fixed cross-country skis. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 15260 at http://wxpr.org Military Training Gives U.S. Paralympic Biathletes An Edge From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice' http://wxpr.org/post/war-desert-murder-ball-ice <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wULh4froE7k</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 08:15:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 15226 at http://wxpr.org From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice' Among Soldiers, Risk Of Suicide May Have Surprising Roots http://wxpr.org/post/among-soldiers-risk-suicide-may-have-surprising-roots Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>For years, people in the military had a lower rate of suicide than their civilian counterparts. About 10 years ago that started to change and now the rate is worse for soldiers than civilians. That prompted the largest-ever study of suicide among soldiers, in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health. The study is on-going, but three initial articles have been published.<p>And NPR's Quil Lawrence joins us to talk about the findings. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:18:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 15114 at http://wxpr.org Yale Law Students Raise Case For Discharged Vets http://wxpr.org/post/yale-law-students-raise-case-discharged-vets Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>In the U.S., posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD has become part of our national vocabulary. During the Vietnam War, though, it wasn't yet a medical diagnosis, nor was it accepted as an explanation for erratic behavior. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 15067 at http://wxpr.org Fallujah Veterans Ask Hard Questions About Their Sacrifices http://wxpr.org/post/fallujah-veterans-ask-hard-questions-about-their-sacrifices Will Walsh got to know the Iraqi city of Fallujah while running across its bridges in the middle of the night, under fire, looking for IEDs. That was nearly 10 years ago.<p>Last weekend, the former Army captain heard the news that Fallujah had fallen, again, to al-Qaida-linked groups.<p>"The question I have to ask myself is was that effort in vain?" he says now. "Was all the work that we did, all the sacrifice that we had, what is the benefit?"<p>Walsh's platoon lost one man in Fallujah. Hundreds of Americans were killed or wounded there. It was 2004. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 12887 at http://wxpr.org Fallujah Veterans Ask Hard Questions About Their Sacrifices An Honorable Last Wish For A Dying Marine http://wxpr.org/post/honorable-last-wish-dying-marine Hal Faulkner is 79 years old and he's already lived months longer than his doctors predicted.<p>"I don't know what to say, it's just incredible that I'm still here," Faulkner says in a halting voice made gruff by age and cancer.<p>Faulkner joined the Marines in 1953, and served in the Philippines. In 1956, he got kicked out with an "undesirable discharge" for being gay. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 08:01:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 12799 at http://wxpr.org An Honorable Last Wish For A Dying Marine For Veterans, 'Bad Paper' Is A Catch-22 For Treatment http://wxpr.org/post/veterans-bad-paper-catch-22-treatment Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In many ways, military veterans hold a privileged place in American society, but not all vets have access to what goes along with that privilege. In the past decade of war, more than 100,000 men and women left the military with less than honorable discharges, many due to bad conduct related to post traumatic stress disorder. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:12:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 11748 at http://wxpr.org Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter http://wxpr.org/post/other-honorable-discharge-burdens-scarlet-letter Eric Highfill spent five years in the Navy, fixing airplanes for special operations forces. His discharge papers show an Iraq campaign medal and an Afghanistan campaign medal, a good-conduct medal, and that he's a marksman with a pistol and sharpshooter with a rifle.<p>None of that matters, because at the bottom of the page it reads "Discharged: under other than honorable conditions."<p>Highfill, a 27-year-old Michigan native, says he got addicted to the painkillers he was taking for a knee injury. In the Navy's eyes, Highfill screwed up. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:04:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 11701 at http://wxpr.org Other-Than-Honorable Discharge Burdens Like A Scarlet Letter Vets-Turned-Firefighters Find Brotherhood, Purpose http://wxpr.org/post/vets-turned-firefighters-find-brotherhood-purpose Veteran Chris Delplato wanted to be a firefighter for a long time.<p>"Ever since I was a little kid — [toy] truck and everything," Delplato says. But he only just got his dream job, after first joining the Navy and serving in the Persian Gulf.<p>He was hired by New Jersey's North Hudson Fire Department, which has brought on 43 veterans this year.<p>Employment for veterans of recent wars remains a stubborn problem, with the jobless rate for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan sometimes reaching double the national rate. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:21:00 +0000 Quil Lawrence 10508 at http://wxpr.org Vets-Turned-Firefighters Find Brotherhood, Purpose