Veterans with PTSD battle fireworks

Veterans with PTSD battle fireworks

GEORGIA (WTOC) - The Fourth of July is on Monday, and with the patriotic spirit on this American holiday, comes plenty of fireworks.

It's easy to forget about what this means for our neighbors, but especially how it can affect those who have served our country.

Although fireworks can be fun, unfortunately they act as a trigger for a number of veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.

The surprising loud noises can send them into flash backs of the war.

Advocates with Military with PTSD, an organization dedicated to helping military and veteran families understand each other and see it from both sides, has found a good way to battle fireworks.

They give veterans who suffer from this disorder free signs to put in their yard that say, "Combat veteran lives here, please be courteous with fireworks."

Veterans say even just letting them know you'll be setting off fireworks can help reduce their stress.

As you may remember, one South Georgia army veteran killed himself on July 4th last year after having an intense PTSD attack when he heard fireworks.

It's a battle that some struggle with every year.

"Yes it's common to a lot of veterans.... you know they say we'll forget it forget it... It's never forgotten..... just never forgotten," said David Scherer, Vietnam veteran.

Advocates say their intention isn't to ask people not to use fireworks, but rather to give them a heads up if they do.

If you would like more information about how to receive a free yard sign, or how to donate to this organization, visit

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