An Unbelievable Life is a post-Vietnam War memoir that offers a unique perspective on the history and realities of the war and the long term impact of Agent Orange. This book is a tribute to the author’s late husband, who was incredibly special and important although very few people know who he was or what he accomplished. It is also a testament to those brave men, women and children who, with nothing other than anger and personal dedication, taught America to honor the Vietnam Combat Veterans and create new laws and treatment for those whose lives and progeny were destroyed by Agent Orange. Perhaps the greatest purpose served by the book is to teach those who want to evoke change but fall short due to their own self- doubt or feelings of powerlessness.
In 1979, the Las Vegas, Nevada-based Rena Kopystenski using the same methods and exercises, including peer group therapy sessions, created the first Post-Traumatic Stress Therapy Center in the United States, and wrote the initial protocol that was adopted by the Veterans Administration in 1981. Rena Kopystenski also assisted in the setting up of VA National Vet Centers throughout the nation that are still being used today. She is now working as an international liaison to the Congresswoman Barbara Lee on the (House Resolution) HR-2519 to treat and compensate the millions of Agent Orange American children of male Vietnam combat vets. Her foundation works with Autism Speaks through grants of $13.7 million a year for 5 years from the NIH to research and find a cure for epigenetic autism with Agent Orange as a major cause.
In an effort to bring attention to the problems and medical conditions of the Vietnam Combat veterans and their offspring, Rena Kopystenski co-founded an organization known as Agent Orange Victims of New Jersey. It became within a four-year period, the largest membership activist organization in the United States and encompassed other groups from all over the world under the network of International Vietnam Veterans Organizations.