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.
Fireworks are a tradition on July 4th, why would a veteran want to stop people from celebrating our Freedom? The intent of the signs has never been to stop Fireworks. That is not what this program is about. Veterans who served this country do not want to stop Fireworks or take away anyone’s freedom. That is what they served to protect. So please enjoy yourself and set off all the Fireworks you want! Being courteous isn’t about stopping your fun or taking away any of your freedoms.
A big congratulation is in order for our Co-Founder, Shawn J. Gourley, who achieved top honors PTSD research. Shawn has successfully completed her psychology courses to earn her Degree of Certificate in Military Resilience from Liberty University. She returned to school last fall and has been working her tail off since then. During this last semester, she was invited to participate in Research Week. Most of us have heard her speak of Mefloquine and the importance of helping couples “See it from both sides” in the past, but thanks to Liberty University, she was presented an opportunity through Research Week as an Undergraduate to do two research projects, overseen by Dr. Andrew Ferrell, to test her hypothesis.
It is my honor to share with you the results for Research Week:
Military with PTSD Places 3rd in #FailForward Contest
Happy Veterans Day! A few weeks ago, GlobalGiving challenged Military with PTSD to share our #failforward moment from our Explosion of Kindness Program. We are proud to announce, Military with PTSD placed 3rd in the Fail Forward contest with the Explosion of Kindness Success and Failure Report. We have learned so much from our Firework Sign program and from GlobalGiving. By teaching and challenging us, we have been able to grow as the military education finance options. We appreciate and value all that GlobalGiving has done and continues to do. We would also like to say a huge THANK YOU!!! to our members, our supporters, and our contributors. Without all of you, none of this would be possible.
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.
‘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.
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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.
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 PTSD–fireworks link among civilians. In June, Military with PTSD distributed 2,500 …
Dealing with PTSD is a very serious issue that will affect a person on a daily basis, possible for the rest of their life. As such, much research has gone into trying to combat this issue though several different approaches. As the acronym describes, stress can compound this issue and cause it to worsen. To attempt to mitigate this one of the approaches has been implementing cbd oils as part of treatment. So far it has proven quite effective in many of the patients, and further trials of this as a health solution are so to occur in the near future. For more information on this topic be sure to visit www.anipots.com/.
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 …
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 …