The Fourth of July is an exciting and extremely fun holiday for all. However the fireworks that accompany this patriotic holiday can certainly be startling for some. Especially for our veterans that are suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, loud and flashing fireworks can be especially disturbing and can trigger extreme anxiety or an array of other symptoms associated with PTSD.
“Once veterans get in that state, it’s very hard to calm them down”.
With the Fourth of July just days away, Military with PTSD is offering absolutely free yard signs to any veterans around the country, letting those nearby that a veteran lives at the residence and that they would greatly appreciate those around to be respectful with their fireworks.
The sign would specifically read,
“Veteran lives here. Please be courteous with fireworks.”
It was highly recommended by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, that veterans as well as the families of veterans should come up with an action plan when the veteran interacts with fireworks, whether they are in public or relaxing at home.
For some veterans suffering with PTSD the most difficult part about the holiday is not the fireworks on the 4th but instead all of the random fireworks that occur on the days leading up (or shortly after) the national holiday.
Naturally the issue is not necessarily easy to discuss with neighbors, but Gourley hopes that at least with the signs it will allow other individuals to be more aware.
So far this year, Military with PTSD, has sent out over 2,500 signs!
The organization received so many donations from the public that many veterans did not even have to pay for shipping for their signs!