Plenty of Time When We Get Home

Plenty of Time When We Get Home

Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War

Book - 2014
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Documents the author's marriage to a fellow Iraq War veteran, describing the impact of his brain injury on their relationship, their shared efforts to overcome post-traumatic stress, and the lack of support for veterans.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393239362
0393239365
Branch Call Number: 956.70443 W6737P 2014
Characteristics: 252 pages ; 24 cm

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mikemarotta
Dec 31, 2017

Sergeant Brian McGough took shrapnel to his head from a land mine. The Army found him unfit for duty, appropriately enough, and then shoved papers in front of him to sign. He was told that treatments were available, or not available. He was ordered to report to places he could not find for counseling that denied his problems. The searing headaches, the depression, and the mental confusion all left him unable to even read the envelopes in which the bills arrived. Fortunately, he had Sergeant Kayla Williams.

The United States of American does not take care of our wounded warriors. We do not adequately acknowledge our combat veterans. We do little enough to reward them with tangible evidence of thanks. We are getting better, but it has been a long, hard struggle for the soldiers. To say that conditions and services and awareness are better now than they were in 2005 is to ignore 5,259,600 minutes of pain, uncertainty, confusion, loss, and frustration for 2.5 million soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen.

They had met in Iraq. He was one of the few soldiers who did not harass her. It turned out that they shared a lot of opinions. Williams enlisted after college. McGough was a lifer, but it took him longer than most to make sergeant because of his attitude. Then he was caught by an IED, severely wounded, and sent home. After she was released from duty and also back home, Williams looked him up to see how he was doing, and was shocked at what she found.

This is their story. It reads like a novel with a plot and theme, action and dialog. It is also at once a confession, a political statement, and a reflection.

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BloomFree
Apr 18, 2015

I hope more people will read this book and think twice and twice again at the over reactions of someone else - that person might be a vet, they just might be someone that has lived too long on the edge - give them some space and kindness -- don't engage in combat.

I learned a lot more about brain injuries, veteran after life and how it feels for women veterans -- I honestly hadn't given this much thought until I read this book.

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