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Fourth of July fireworks can be triggering for Veterans

Posted at 5:20 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 05:49:12-04

LANSING, Mich. — The fireworks we'll be hearing this week can be a trigger for veterans who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

One city in Michigan is working to help veterans with this by giving out free lawn signs to everyone to give the veterans a break.

The signs are going up near Woodhaven in Detroit.

They read "combat veteran lives here, please be courteous with fireworks."

A veteran whose husband died in a roadside bomb explosion appreciates the gesture.

"When they're happening to midnight, two, three in the morning, a lot of the times, even myself, I'm rolling off the bed and rolling underneath my bed because it sounds like you're back overseas," Jennifer Smith, a local veteran, said.

The city's mayor hopes if the community comes together to remind people to be courteous this week, it could bring those with PTSD some peace of mind.

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