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How To Be Courteous to Those with PTSD on the 4th of July

Fireworks and explosions can sometimes trigger PTSD episodes in combat veterans. Here’s how you can have fun with your fireworks, but be respectful at the same time.

The 4th of July is known for it’s patriotism, cookouts, and fireworks. LOTS and LOTS of fireworks.

And while this is a fun way to celebrate our country’s birth, it isn’t as fun for combat veterans living with PTSD. Because unexpected fireworks could trigger an episode.

“It’s not the fourth of July fireworks. Veterans seem to do ok with the big shows.  A lot of them go to the big shows and they’re fine with it. It’s the unexpected fireworks, you know on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd when you’re not expecting the fireworks.”

-Shawun Gourley, ‘Military with PTSD’

Shawn and her husband started the group Military with PTSD and are offering free signs to veterans of the tri-state stating that a military veteran with PTSD lives there.

“If you see a sign in their yard, knock on their door and say, ‘Hey we’re going to be setting off fireworks from this time to this time,”

So please be courteous when lighting fireworks in your own neighborhood, and be on the lookout for these signs.

To learn more about this organization click here.


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