posted on Jul, 5 2014 @ 11:47 AM
Jon Dykes is a combat veteran with 10 years of service in the U.S. Army. He’s also one of thousands of American veterans living with
post-traumatic stress disorder.
After struggling with PTSD symptoms that lasted for hours during last year’s 4th of July fireworks, Dykes made a sign to let his neighbors in
Georgia know he’s a combat veteran, requesting them to “please be courteous with fireworks.”
I saw this Story here
on our local news yesterday right before I took the wife and
our girls to the city fireworks display.
Anyway as a combat vet myself I too have touch of PTSD... though in my case I'm not bothered by big firework displays like the one put on by the
city--- what really gets me is those unexpected loud--- [BOOMS]---
Even when part of my brain registers that it's just some dumb kid with a pocket full of bottle rockets--- training and experience makes me want to
grab my gear and race outside to repel attackers! This past new years I had my hands on my pistol before I snapped it was just the neighbors setting
Now I say that so you all know what I'm like and when it comes to jumpy vets, I'm pretty darn good in my reactions to it...
But there are vets who have it far worse than I... I know a few vets who, come the 4th will pick up a bottle and start drinking until they pass out---
just to avoid all the loud booms. I knew one guy back in Kansas who'll close his drapes, lock his doors and spend the forth huddled up in a corner
reliving one his horrible flash backs.
I know this post is a bit late in coming as the 4th is over now but I'd just like everyone to keep this story in mind... there are a lot of Veterans
who suffer from PTSD... And loud unexpected noises set us off big time... Now I know there will be mean spirited folks who'll think if great fun to
torment someone like my Kansas Friend... But remember too there are vets like me who grab for our guns first and you may not like the way we flash
“Please, be courteous with fireworks.”
edit on 5-7-2014 by HardCorps because: (no reason given)