3 Tips To Ease The Stress of Fireworks on Combat Veterans

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    3 Tips To Ease The Stress of Fireworks on Combat Veterans

    3 Tips To Ease The Stress of Fireworks on Combat Veterans
    • 29 June 2015
    • Author: Evan Owens
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    The sound of a beautiful firework overhead and the children cheer.  For most of us the sounds of fireworks do very little other than remind us of the July 4th holiday. However, to a combat veteran, the boom of a firework is an all too familiar sound. We've probably all seen our dogs freak out when the first firework erupts. The dog rushes to safety, certain it is under attack from the fire in the sky. For soldiers suffering from PTSD, the immediate reaction can be very much the same.

    Imagine you are in Afghanistan and you've been receiving mortar rounds overhead all day long. With each bang you are reminded that you you are in a war zone. Now, flashback to your family cookout and think about your neighbors. Are any of them combat veterans? If so, consider one of these tips to help take away the "panic" reflex they might feel.

    1. Eliminate surprises. If you know a veteran in your neighborhood, knock on their door and let them know about your plans. Heck, invite them over for the cookout! 

    2. Be aware of the days you use fireworks. Are you having a July 4th celebration or are you planning on celebrating several days before or after? July 2-6th is one thing, but if you are still shooting off fireworks in August, this is far more likely to stress out your neighbor.

    3. Start with a few small fireworks. Begin your evening with some "low impact" fireworks and let it build from there. This will help reduce the onset of shock from sudden explosions in the sky without any warning.    

    So this July 4th, hang out with your veteran friends and celebrate your freedom! Don't be afraid to use fireworks, just be considerate.

    About REBOOT:
    War wounds the soul. But through REBOOT Combat Recovery, combat veterans and their families are experiencing breakthrough in their war against PTSD. At REBOOT locations across the country, combat veterans are healing, divorce rates are dropping, medication abuse is decreasing and suicide numbers are being reduced. Join the movement at www.rebootrecovery.com

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    Evan Owens

    Evan Owens

    Evan is the Executive Director at REBOOT Combat Recovery. Under his leadership, REBOOT has expanded to over 10 locations in five states and is on pace to serve 750 military families. Follow him at @evanowens.

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