|Book given to U.S. veterans in 1919 to help them readjust to civilian life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
For reasons that remain incomprehensible to me, many people in the South seem to incorporate fireworks into nearly every holiday. The fireworks stands in my area went up several days ago in preparation for the fireworks that will begin a few days before Christmas and last through at least New Year's Day. What you can do for the local veterans is simple: skip the fireworks.
As I noted back in July, many veterans return home with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Being surrounded by fireworks can be a difficult experience for some of them, triggering flashbacks of war while they are trying to enjoy the holidays with their families. Fireworks are already wasteful, bad for the environment, and inconsiderate of your neighbors. That they would contribute to the distress experienced by some veterans is another good reason to skip them.
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