Not every Nebraskan is looking forward to the 4th of July. Many veterans admit there are challenges with neighbors shooting off fireworks if they suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Shannon Walker is PTSD expert and operates Northwest Battle Buddies which trains service dogs for vets with the disorder and says be a good neighbor.
Walker says, “Veterans that suffer with PTSD can’t help how they are going to respond to the triggers that happen. For those that are aware that a combat veteran is close to you, be respectful. Let them know what you will be doing. Even if you are not friends with them. Number one, thank them for their service and then let them know you are sensitive to their situation.”
Walker says letting them know that when the fireworks will start and end can be helpful. Showing that respect and caring can make a big difference. She says knowledge is power for those suffering with PTSD. She says many veterans have no effect if they are told in advance and know what to expect. Others choose to leave and stay in a secluded area over the 4th to prevent any triggers.