June
20

Courteous with Fireworks?

Many have seen the pictures going around Facebook and other Social Media sites, but what does it mean to “Please Be Courteous with Fireworks?”

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To begin with, we aren’t talking about the 4th of July. We know there will be fireworks and expect it on the 4th. Us as veterans have the responsibility to prepare ourselves for that day or go elsewhere away from the Fireworks. It is Independence day, a day of celebrating and Fireworks are a long-standing tradition. No veteran who served this country wants to stop Fireworks or take away anyone’s freedom that we served to protect. So please enjoy yourself and set off all the Fireworks you want!

But what this sign represents and is asking for is on the days leading up to the 4th of July and then the following days if you set off fireworks in your neighborhood to please just give us a courteous heads up. Many of us veterans are fine with fireworks when we know they are coming, many of us would probably come out and join you. The problem is with the unexpected fireworks, the ones we don’t know are coming.

Imagine sitting and watching a movie with your family and out of nowhere you hear a firework burst near your house. Most people would be startled, but many times as veterans we will hear that sound and we are pushing our family on the ground and covering them trying to protect them. It is not a fun experience for anyone. Our spouses can tell you some stories, trust me!

We hear of many veterans who leave their home to go camping for days at a time because we never know when someone will set off the next firework. Being courteous isn’t about stopping your fun or taking freedoms. All we are asking for is a courteous heads up on all the other days except the July 4th.

If you would like to get a sign, you can make a contribution to Military with PTSD by clicking HERE to receive a Firework Sign by July 4th.

Any veteran wanting to sign up for a FREE sign we are still taking names for those to be sent out after July 4th 2015, and will send them out throughout the year as we get more signs. To get on the list for the free sign as they are available please click HERE

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