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Caregiver program in Southern Nevada helps couple combat PTSD

Posted at 11:59 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 15:18:37-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — What really defines true love? For one local couple, who’ve been married for eight years, it's outlined in their dedication to each other through all the ups and downs.

“He’s the most awesome person I’ve ever met,” said Evangelina Garcia. “He’s my hero.”

Evangelina and Mario Garcia exchanged vows eight years ago. On that day, she promised to be by his side through thick and thin.

But her devotion is not only as a wife but also as a caregiver.

“You know be there for him because he wouldn’t do anything if I wasn’t here to push him,” said Evangelina.

Mario Garcia is a veteran who served 27 years with the Army. He also spent time in Iraq.

“We lost quite a few people. Some 50 some people in the unit,” said Mario Garcia.

And he now deals with PTSD.

“You see a lot of death and it messes with your head,” Mario Garcia said.

When times got tough, his wife/caregiver is there to support him day by day.

Together they connected with the VA Southern Nevada healthcare system’s caregiver program.

Sheri Shileika with the VA says, the program not only helps caregivers with resources to help veterans but also offers support for caregivers along the way.

“It recognizes the importance of that role in providing care to veterans. Because without it, they may be in a hospital,” Shileika said.

And getting help from the program has helped strengthen their bond as a couple, each day they promise to love and to cherish each other always.

“I have hope now and I’m very thankful,” Mario Garcia said.

More information about the caregiver program is available here.