The “Explosion of Kindness” campaign is to educate everyone on the effects of fireworks on veterans and hopefully others who are afflicted with PTSD.
An estimated 7% to 20% of the more than 2.5 million veterans and troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan are believed to have developed PTSD. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, loud blasts and flashing lights can sometimes induce panic attacks. PTSD is characterized by emotionally re-experiencing traumatic events. The thoughts are triggered for combat veterans by the sound of an explosion or gunfire, or even certain sights and smells, according to the Institute of Medicine.
This project will remind people a veteran lives in their neighborhood and that if they are planning fireworks on any day other than July 4th, a courteous heads-up would be nice.