Thea Digiammerino

Fireworks and PTSD: Consider Your Veterans on July 4th

While our nation celebrates the freedom that comes from the sacrifice of service members, Thursday’s celebration of America’s birthday can cause stress for some veterans.

Thomas Saddi, the state’s commissioner of the Department of Veterans Affairs, is asking community members to use common courtesy before setting off fireworks this July 4th holiday weekend by giving your neighbor a heads up.

He says while large town celebrations tend to give much public notice, the unexpected noise can understandably trigger some veterans.

“Our veterans, particularly our combat veterans, they’re not broken. There’s nothing wrong with someone who has these triggers. Sometimes is hypervigilance, PTS, those invisible wounds of war,” said Commissioner Saddi.

If you or someone you know needs help, there are many resources available. Learn more at the links below

Veterans Crisis Line

State of Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline , or call 1-800-273-8255 for immediate assistance.

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