MANHASSET, NY (WCBS 880/ 1010 WINS) — All her life, the only thing Danielle Petratos had of her father was a single photograph.

Danielle Petratos and John Watson at their reunion this past summer. (Handout)

Now, after nearly four decades, she has more than just a picture. Danielle and her dad, John Watson, are together again – thanks to Facebook.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera talks with the woman who has reconnected with her dad

Watson, who is a Vietnam War veteran, was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when he abandoned his wife and then 3-year-old Danielle 39 years ago.

The now 42-year-old Petratos said that she forgives her father. The Manhasset mom is choosing to look ahead.

Watson credits Buddhism and the internet with helping him prepare for and, finally locate, his long-lost child.

Comments (8)
  1. Meshia says:

    The same thing happened to My sister last night. I found her brother and thus her Father via Facebook.

  2. D. Dellicker says:

    I can’t believe there are people out there who don’t believe PTSD is an actual problem. If you have ever known someone with it, you would become a!

  3. Chrisie Shaw says:

    I wish yoiu both the best. You have the rest of your lives to catch up. May your finding each other bring you both joy!

  4. SK says:

    i am sorry this man went through such a horrible experience. However, I don’t think that is a reason to have no relationship with your child. Maybe its difficult to raise his child, but to have no feelings about wanting to know who is daughter is. There will always be an excuse for peoples’ behaviors. many criminals will also give excuses that they suffered from post traumatic problrms. i am glad the father finally saw his daughter. I am also impressed the daughter was OK with this.

  5. Sarge says:

    Thank God PTSD is now acceptable for Vietnam veterans; now that politicians and murderers use it for an excuse, it’s OK.

    Mr. Watson, I sympathize with you. Don’t allow the media to make you look like a bad guy. Thank you for serving with me.

    Not too sure on the Buddhism gig though!

    PS: I hope my X-wife doesn’t find me via Facebook!

  6. Eric says:

    i can see this relationship lasting. the dude left them 40+ yrs ago. I agree with the Mom

  7. Omoboriowo says:

    What a World.

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