“My orientation isn’t a phase, and I’m not willing to leave a vital part of my identity hidden.” “Don’t ask, don’t tell” lingers for LQBTQ veterans.
About Kayla Williams
Kayla Williams served as a sergeant and Arabic linguist in the Army from 2000-2005, including a deployment to Iraq from 2003-2004. She now lives in Virginia with her husband and two children and works as a senior fellow and program director at the Center for a New American Security. She's the author of two non-fiction books, Love My Rifle More Than You and Plenty of Time When We Get Home. Williams is a 2018 War Horse fellow.
A love of community and military values became a former army sergeant’s faith.
How a high-functioning facade masked a critical bout of depression for a former Army sergeant.