By Sharon Kindle
Patriotic Chair, VFW Post 4067 

Keep Your Veterans in Mind on Holidays


January 4, 2023

This is a trifle late for New Year’s, but jot it down, especially for the 4th of July. When lighting fireworks, or shooting off guns, keep in mind those among us suffering from PTSD. What is fun for some can be terror and heartbreaking to others.

A quote from Pharr, Texas “The sounds of fireworks, or can resemble gunshots, and that can add to the stress of veterans suffering from PTSD.”

“The simple thing of just the smell of gunpowder can trigger something. It doesn’t have to be the noise”, Marine veteran Alfredo Oritz said.

It’s typical to celebrate holidays with fireworks,...

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