Signs a reminder of impact of fireworks on veterans with PTSD

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By Noel Brennan

Over the next week, expect to hear a lot of booms, pops and crackles as Coloradans celebrate America’s independence.

While fireworks are part of the celebration, they can also trigger fear, nervousness and difficult memories for veterans struggling with PTSD.

“It’s the unexpected fireworks that cause a problem,” said Shawn Gourley, co-founder and executive director of the Indiana-based non-profit, Military with PTSD.

Last year, Military with PTSD started a campaign dubbed “Explosion of Kindness” to teach people about the effects of fireworks on veterans. The non-profit raised money to send thousands of veterans free yard signs that read, “Combat veteran lives here. Please be courteous with fireworks.”

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