Veterans With PTSD Often Have Adverse Reaction To Fireworks

A Facebook post raising awareness about the stress fireworks can cause for veterans has gone viral.

 

This picture has gone viral on Facebook with hundreds of thousands of people sharing the post on their pages.

The group that posted the photo is Evansville-based Military with PTSD, a small veteran and family support group.

The man in the photo is one of the group’s members who made the sign himself.

The group is trying to get out the message that fireworks can cause major problems for combat veterans.

Shawn Gourley, the co-founder and executive director of Military with PTSD , says her husband is a veteran who has post-traumatic stress disorder, and last summer he was forced to leave his home to escape the random pops of holiday fireworks.

Guorley realized that a lot of vets were experiencing the same issue, and that it was the unexpected timing of the fireworks, rather than the sounds themselves, that triggered problems.

“We don’t want anyone to stop anyone from setting off fireworks,” she says. “The vets will be the first to tell you, they are not into taking anyone’s rights away, and they know all too well what the Fourth of July means. But what they are asking is, besides just the vets, there are mothers who sleep, there are people who work different shifts in these neighborhoods.”

Gourley says she’s already received offers for donations to help her organization print and distribute signs for next year, so they can be given out free to vets all over the country, in hopes that people will be cautious about setting off fireworks too near to those veterans’ homes.

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