Firework Sign Donation in Honor of Mike Kreft

Firework Sign Donation in Honor of Mike Kreft

Valdosta Volunteers to Distribute ‘Combat Veteran’ Signs to Raise PTSD Awareness

Eyewitness News
July 17, 2015 6 pm

Valdosta, GA – On July 4th, just days after fireworks became legal in Georgia, a young veteran took his own life, after fireworks triggered his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In response to Mike Kreft’s passing, the Valdosta community is now sending an important message with yard signs.

PTSD+SIGN‘Combat veteran lives here. Please be courteous with fireworks’, the signs read.

We covered Kreft’s story, and the result has been an outpouring of support. One group, called ‘Military With PTSD’, has donated yard signs for local combat veterans to help raise awareness about the disorder.

200 of those signs will be distributed in the Valdosta community at an event on Saturday.

Eyewitness News Reporter, Winnie Wright, covered the Mike Kreft story, and is hosting the event. “This event was all promulgated by the fact that people wanted to support Mike Kreft. They wanted to support his memory, they wanted to support his family and other veterans in our community. So we will be out here on Saturday from 10 to 1 at the American Legion Post 13”, she says.

The combat veteran signs are free to the public.

If you cannot make Saturday’s event, they will be available at the Lowndes County Courthouse, the Georgia State Patrol in Valdosta, the American Legion Post 13, and the VSU Office of Adult Military Programs.

 

Our Apologizes

Our Apologizes

As most of you know, we are a very small operation. As we only have 4 of us volunteering full-time here at Military with PTSD Inc. We have recently tried to set up an RSS feed to capture the different news articles about the Veteran Firework Signs, thinking it would make it easier on us while we continue to work away at getting the rest of the Veteran Firework Signs sent out.

Unfortunately we are not tech savvy enough here at Military with PTSD Inc. and inadvertently imported the news feed multiple times resulting in a mass amount of emails being sent due to the auto generate blog articles from news stories. We never meant to spam those of you who signed up to follow our blog.

We have since disabled the RSS feed which should discontinue the auto generate of blog post.

Please accept our apologizes. We are truly sorry for this and please let us know if we did not disable it correctly and it continues to happen.

Signs encourage those setting off fireworks to be courteous to veterans with PTSD – fox13now.com


fox13now.com

Signs encourage those setting off fireworks to be courteous to veterans with PTSD
fox13now.com
Many people have seen pictures of the group's signs online, and one outside Kerry Miller's home in Hooper reads: Combat Veteran lives here, please be courteous with fireworks.” The signs are distributed by the organization Military with PTSD, and the

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Source: Military with PTSD in the News

Combat vets may experience 'unnerving' PTSD from Fourth of July fireworks – AL.com


AL.com

Combat vets may experience 'unnerving' PTSD from Fourth of July fireworks
AL.com
U.S. Army combat veteran Matt Bouchet of Birmingham had been home from Iraq for about two weeks when he realized he could suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) while watching large fireworks shows – the kind so many Americans …

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For Vets With PTSD, Fireworks Aren’t Always Cause For Celebration – ThinkProgress


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For Vets With PTSD, Fireworks Aren’t Always Cause For Celebration
ThinkProgress
This year, Gourley and her colleagues are striving to make that conversation easier through the Explosion of Kindness campaign, an effort to raise awareness about the PTSDfireworks link among civilians. In June, Military with PTSD distributed 2,500

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US veterans with PTSD ask for courteous July 4 fireworks – Quartz


Quartz

US veterans with PTSD ask for courteous July 4 fireworks
Quartz
Last year, a widely-circulated Facebook post featured Iraq War veteran Jon Dykes, diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after returning home in 2003, standing behind a sign that asked his neighbors to be courteous during their celebrations

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How Fireworks Can Trigger PTSD – TIME


TIME

How Fireworks Can Trigger PTSD
TIME
The signs are the work of a Facebook-launched nonprofit, Military With PTSD, begun by Shawn Gourley, whose husband, Justin, served in the Navy for four years and returned with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sudden and loud noises can trigger …

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Combat veterans ask neighbors to 'be courteous' with fireworks – FOX31 Denver


FOX31 Denver

Combat veterans ask neighbors to 'be courteous' with fireworks
FOX31 Denver
The noise from fireworks can trigger flashbacks and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, but a nonprofit agency is helping raise awareness. Military with PTSD is a group out of Indiana that began making and distributing free yard signs to

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Source: Military with PTSD in the News

How combat veterans are coping with July Fourth fireworks – CNN

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How combat veterans are coping with July Fourth fireworks
CNN
Using donated money, she purchased 1,000 signs in May 2014 and assumed it would be more than enough. She was wrong. By the end of June this year, Military with PTSD sent out 2,500 signs, and had 3,000 people still on the waiting list to receive one.

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