As we all gather to have parties and barbeques for this fourth of July weekend, it is important to remember those combat veterans around us. Fireworks are an issue this time of year for veterans with PTSD.
Local veterans would ask that you warn them ahead of time before lighting off the firecrackers. When vets are dealing with PTSD, their startle reflex makes the fireworks an issue. Local veterans ask you to be a good neighbor and warn them.
“I’m real appreciative when someone in the neighborhood let’s me know that they are setting off fireworks,” John Looney from Wheeling Vets Center says. “That’s just being a good neighbor. It’s embarrassing picking yourself up off the ground in the middle of a picnic. So if someone can give a veteran a heads up, that’s being a good neighbor.”
Veterans still want you to have fun this time of year, just be aware when veterans may be around.