- Associated Press - Friday, July 3, 2015

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Authorities are asking people using fireworks to celebrate Independence Day to be considerate to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Counselors say veterans are often conflicted during the holiday. They want to celebrate America, patriotism and freedom, but the flashes and loud bangs from fireworks can trigger painful memories from the battlefield.

The Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has shared dozens of yard signs with veterans that read “Combat veteran lives here, please be courteous with fireworks.”

Clinical Services Director John Bigger told The Fayetteville Observer (https://bit.ly/1dC6nEm ) that the whistle sounds of some fireworks are similar to rocket-propelled grenades and trailing smoke with some fireworks are similar to battlefield explosions.

Bigger says there is more awareness of PTSD as more soldiers who deployed overseas return home.



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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, https://www.fayobserver.com

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