As many prepare to celebrate the 4th of July, here are some helpful reminders to spread awareness about our neighbors in our community. Some people experiencing PTSD from combat can be triggered ie. by fireworks. Something that can help those with PTSD is to have conversations with them (if they are open to it) and figure out ways to support them
If you are hosting a 4th of July party or picnic:
Ask guests ahead of time if they have difficulty around the holiday.
Consider safe alternatives to typical Independence Day celebrations. For example, if a Veteran friend or family member is alarmed by the loud sound of fireworks, you can suggest that your group use sparklers instead.
Consider reducing or removing substances such as alcohol from your 4th of July events.
Tips for Veterans celebrating Independence Day (Article)
Further Information and Support Resources for Veterans