Candy Desmond-Woods reassures her husband, Tom, that everything will be okay, even as she insists that he get help for his substance abuse and PTSD. "She is basically just my rock, my support system," Tom says of his wife. "If it wasn't for her, I guess I would probably be sleeping in the streets right now."
Candy Desmond-Woods writes out a list of tasks for her husband as they prepare to leave their Irvine, California, home following an eviction notice. Candy and her three children will spend the night with a friend. Tom is staying behind with orders to finish packing before the expected arrival of law enforcement later that morning on March 27, 2012.
Candy Desmond-Woods runs to greet her husband, Tom, and her daughter Addy, 7, at Northwood Community Park in Irvine, California, on April 22, 2013. Tom was spending time with his stepdaughter after more than a year in rehab. As part of his recovery program, Tom made amends with people he harmed and today he had a private conversation with Addy.
Blake wails while in the arms of his mother, Candy Desmond-Woods, as she waits for the final tally for her items she is selling at Rio's Pawnshop in Costa Mesa, California, on January 23, 2013. During her husband's absence while in rehab, she was forced to sell off treasured family jewelry, including her wedding ring.
Tom Woods, who served two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army, stands in Combat Veterans Court in Orange County, California on November 20, 2012. During his year-long rehabilitation program he participated in for help with PTSD and alcohol addiction, he appeared in court before Judge Wendy Lindley about every six weeks to be evaluated on his progress.
Candy Desmond-Woods opens presents with her kids, Addy, 8, left, Lizzy, 17, middle, and Blake, 1, right, on Christmas morning in Irvine, California, on December 25, 2012. An adopt-a-family program to benefit veteran families supplied the gifts.
Tom Woods speaks with his wife, Candy, and their infant son, Blake, at a rehabilitation facility in Santa Ana, California, on April 13, 2012. Woods, who served two tours in Iraq with the U.S. Army, got three successive DUIs in less than two months.