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Kayla Williams | Artist Council

Kayla M. Williams is a former sergeant and Arabic linguist in a Military Intelligence company of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Kayla is the author of "Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army," a memoir about her deployment to Iraq, and Plenty of Time "When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War," about her family's journey from war trauma to healing. After spending eight years at the RAND Corporation conducting research on servicemember and veteran health needs and benefits, international security, and intelligence policy, she is now the Director of the Center for Women Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Ms. Williams graduated cum laude with a BA in English Literature from Bowling Green State University and earned an MA in International Affairs with a focus on the Middle East from American University. She is a former member of the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, a 2013 White House Woman Veteran Champion of Change, and a 2015 Lincoln Award recipient. Kayla currently lives near Washington, DC with her husband, a combat-wounded veteran, and their two children.