- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2016

OGDEN, Utah (AP) - Some Utah veterans are asking residents on July 4 to be mindful when setting of fireworks of those who have post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in the military.

Thomas Davis, who served in the Coast Guard during the Vietnam War, told The Standard-Examiner of Ogden (https://bit.ly/29lwnFB ) that the unexpected boom of fireworks can remind him of traumatic experiences in war. He says that when neighbors warn him ahead of time that they plan to shoot off fireworks, it helps him deal with the noise.

Another veteran, Paul Turner, says some fireworks sound very similar to an AR-15 rifle and others sound like mortar fire. Turner, who served in the Marines from 1996 to 2001, says unexpected booms around 2 a.m. from fireworks cause him anxiety.

They ask that neighbors notify veterans ahead of time about fireworks.


Information from: Standard-Examiner, https://www.standard.net

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