Sorry. I just wrote and rewrote 2 long posts that wouldn't post. aaargh.
very condensed version...
I started with Dadants First Lessons in Beekeeping. Pretty good starter- but my greatest resource was a mentor.
I found a couple of links that may be helpful for you...http://www.chattahoocheebeekeepers.com/
This club is based in Columbus which I think is near you.http://www.gabeekeeping.com/index.html
Georgia Beekeeping Assoc
You might be able to get connected with a mentor through either of these groups.
A few cautions...
Hives can be pretty heavy and there is a lot of lifting and bending required to take the hive apart to check on the bees. If your husbands injuries are neck/back/shoulder-related, he may need to find some creative solutions with leverage or "beekeeping assistants". Also, as a beginner, I found some of my encounters with the bees to be pretty stressful. They get more aggressive as the season progresses. Got a bit dicey with a billion angry, protective bees swarming my suit, diving into my screen and trying to climb ender my ankle elastic. That was a fun day.... If your husband is experiencing any PTSD, that aspect of keeping may be a challenge. I'm probably not as brave as your hubby-- so it may not be an issue for him at all
I got stung pretty badly early on and had difficulty avoiding dumping lots of adrenaline into my system each time after... Lot's of "flop sweat"...
I don't want to discourage you, though. I don't want to overemphasize the negative. Having the hive has been so rewarding and you can't beat fresh raw honey and beeswax. Just wanted to give you some things to think about.
Great luck to you both
Keep us posted