BEACON TRANSCRIPT – All Americans have been looking forward to the yearly celebration of our freedom. Today, the sky is going to be painted in red, white, and blue, as it will thunder with the sounds of the fireworks. However, before starting to celebrate, think about those who also fought for our freedom and might feel uncomfortable with the firework noises.
Think about your veterans before celebrating
Fireworks might work as an unpleasant reminder of combat days for veterans. Therefore, before setting those fireworks ablaze, take a few moments to think about those who protected our country. Most of them are now suffering from PTSD, and the noise from the fireworks brings them to a dark place.
Christopher Granger is an US Army Veteran who served in Iraq for 15 months, about ten years ago. It was quite hard for him to return to his former life after he came back from the war, and says he is constantly in alert, for fear something might be lurking behind him. Also, fireworks bring back some unpleasant memories which feel bad both physically and mentally.
How does PTSD feel?
In other words, Granger suffers from PTSD. This means that, apart from bringing back war memories, firework noise makes him exhibit unusual behaviors. He declared that the first thing crossing his mind when hearing fireworks was to hide and run for cover.
Also, not only booms are damaging for people with PTSD. High-pitched sounds affect them as well, and cause severe migraines. Granger is also suffering from TBI (traumatic brain injury), which causes any small headache to feel like a terrible migraine.
Therefore, if you have any neighbors you know are veterans, think about them before sending those fireworks up in the sky. You can find a different place where nobody will bother you, and make sure everybody is enjoying their holiday.
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