Her husband came home, and the war came with him

Candace Desmond-Woods told herself everything would be fine, now that he was out of the Army. Their lives as husband and wife would really begin in this white-fenced rental home in Irvine, a master-planned city where every manicured block was an argument against uncertainty.

The war would crash through her careful plans in a hundred ways, large and small. She watched it empty her refrigerator and shut off her gas. She came to feel like one of its strangest casualties, a widow with a living husband.

Reporter Christopher Goffard chronicles the hardship and heartbreak of one veteran’s return home, as attempts by both Tom Woods and his wife Candace to bridge the gap between the front lines and domestic life were sidetracked by the ravages of PTSD and alcoholism.

Read the full, heart-wrenching story here.

Photos: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

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