Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 10, 2014 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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When SPC Kayla Williams and SGT Brian McGough met at a mountain outpost in Iraq in 2003, only their verbal sparring could have betrayed a hint of attraction. Neither could have predicted the sequence of events that would shape their lives.

Brian, on his way back to base after mid-tour leave, was wounded by a roadside bomb that sent shrapnel through his brain. Kayla waited anxiously for news and, on returning home, sought out Brian. The two began a tentative romance and later married, but neither anticipated the consequences of Brian’s injury on their lives. Lacking essential support for returning veterans from the military and the VA, Kayla and Brian suffered through posttraumatic stress amplified by his violent mood swings, her struggles to reintegrate into a country still oblivious to women veterans, and what seemed the callous, consumerist indifference of civilian society at large.

Kayla persevered. So did Brian. They fought for their marriage, drawing on remarkable reservoirs of courage and commitment. They confronted their demons head-on, impatient with phoniness of any sort. Inspired by an unwavering ethos of service, they continued to stand on common ground. Finally, they found their own paths to healing and wholeness, both as individuals and as a family, in dedication to a larger community.

  

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Review: Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War

User Review  - Katie Dubik Schwarz - Goodreads

My dad suggested this title to me, so of course I read it. I'm glad I did. I learned a whole lot on many different levels: 1. Williams' husband suffered a TBI in Iraq, after they met but before they ... Read full review

Review: Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War

User Review  - Linda Thompson - Goodreads

I didn't always like Ms. Williams but I really appreciate reading her story. As a female veteran (1985-1990) I've stopped telling people. It surprises me when people remember and acknowledge my ... Read full review

Contents

The Injury
1
Fix Me Some Coffee
9
Homecoming Honeymoon
28
Breakdown
43
Theres Always a Way Out
65
Rollercoaster
69
Husband and Wife
90
Breaking Point
113
Fresh Start
143
Into the Light
164
Good Neighbors
183
The Honeybadger Book Club
201
Fulfillment
216
Epilogue
227
Appendix
241
Acknowledgments
251

The Turn
127

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About the author (2014)

Kayla Williams, a former Arabic linguist in the U.S. Army, is the author of Love My Rifle More than You and Plenty of Time When We Get Home. She lives with her husband Brian and their two children in Virginia.

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