My ex-husband just committed suicide on the 13th. The fireworks always upset him and made him on edge. I also have PTSD. This sign is real and a lot of the veterans have been given them. This is not something to take lightly. They fought for our freedom. The least we could do is show a little respect and courtesy!
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As a combat veteran, some people just need to get over it. Fireworks are intensely connected to the celebration of the birth of our nation, and if these warriors who have endured any traumatic explosions while deployed can’t work through differentiating between enemy fire in a hostile territory and harmless fireworks on the fourth of July back home then they need to get counseling to deal with their issues like a responsible professional. Don’t tug on the exhausted patriotic nerves of the civilian populous to change a fundamental aspect of the most American holiday. You are home you are safe and if it bothers you adjust your celebration plans to limit or avoid fireworks. Don’t make people feel guilty for your sacrifice, it erodes the underlying theme of both the holiday and your service which is free. Why should I apologize for being a monster I’ve become. I’m guessing you served since Vietnam. I’ve seen my dad suffer for 39 years at the sound of a car backfiring, claps of thunder broke him into a sweat shaking under the bed. I can’t believe a combat veteran would say such a thing. So cold.
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How long were you in combat? It breaks my heart to see the words “get over it” from one vet to the others. I’ve seen first hand my very normal, happy son switch within seconds because of a trigger. I’ve seen the effects of the nightmares. There are images, sounds, and even smells that are so deeply imbedded into the psyche of veterans with PTSD, that it makes it impossible to simply “get over it.”