Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been around since humans have suffered trauma. It dates to the Civil War as a syndrome related to mental health, referred to as shell shock or war neurosis. It wasn’t until 1980 that PTSD became recognized as a diagnosis in the world of modern medicine. PTSD is still not well understood. It was by studying Vietnam Vets that PTSD became recognized. But anyone who experiences a traumatic event can develop PTSD, it is not limited to the battlefield. A person who suffers PTSD does not get over it, outgrow it, or take a pill to be cured. Often, it can be a lifetime sentence of mental illness that may result in divorce, addiction, or suicide.

This is one family’s story of dealing with a husband and father who, as a Vietnam Vet, silently suffered from PTSD. Treatment and diagnosis didn’t come until almost 30 years afterwards in the late ‘90s. The Ypina family did what they knew how to do, love family beyond all things, and to draw on the strength of their faith. Through Patience, Trust, Sincerity, and Devotion, they held close to their family values and loved without judgement.

PTSD can have a positive treatment outcome with counseling, pharmacology, and time. Everyone suffers differently and heals differently. We still have much to learn. It is the sincere hope of the authors, Daniel and Agnes Ypina, that this book will bring awareness and understanding to people suffering from PTSD and the people close to them. Unconditional love is a powerful medicine, and we can choose to love as easily as we can choose to judge, hate, or turn our backs on those who need us most. Especially those who have served to fight for and preserve the freedom of our country.

 

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About the Authors:

Daniel Ypina was born in Brawley, CA, on April 18, 1950. Growing up, he worked the Ypina Ranch and helped his father transport migrant workers to local farms. His parents, Jesus and Elvira Ypina, had a blended family of 12 children. He joined the U.S. Army on January 15, 1968, at the young age of 17, serving one year in the jungles of Vietnam and his remaining time in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Mary Agnes Sisneros was born October 3, 1952, in San Antonio, CO, a small town in Southern Colorado. Her parents, Candido and Lucia Sisneros. had 14 children. Nine of her siblings have since passed away.

On December 12, 1978, Danny and Aggie met at a dance, dated, and became one family along with Aggies three sons. They married on Oct 3, 1981, divorced in 1999, and remarried on July 5, 2005.

The Veterans Administration (VA) began treating Danny for PTSD in 1999. In 2005 he had his first heart attack, where he started a long and painful journey of physical illnesses.

They are the proud parents of 5 children,15 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren, along with their beloved Bichon Woof Woof, who passed at the age of 15 in 2021.

Danny was a loyal employee at Coca-Cola for 30 years. In addition to Aggie’s work and Danny’s part-time jobs, they have been avid volunteers for the homeless, active in The Mexican Civic Center, and always at the center of their children’s school, sports, and church activities.

Living with PTSD through Patience, Trust, Sincerity, and Devotion is their first book. It is their story about an American Hero and his devoted and equally heroic wife. They share this story to offer their version of living with PTSD and bringing awareness about the devastating effects on veterans (particularly those who served in Vietnam) and the long journey to a better understanding of PTSD in the 50 + years that have passed since then.

They do not claim to be experts on PTSD or exposure to chemical toxins during the war in Vietnam. This memoir looks at their life together and the choices they made to have Patience with one another, Trust in their love, exhibit Sincerity in all their actions, and practice an unshakeable Devotion to God and each other.