Veterans ask for warning before lighting fireworks

GREENVILLE, N.C. – Members of the Disabled American Veterans chapter in Greenville are asking people who plan to set off fireworks for the July 4th holiday to warn their veteran neighbors.

The loud noise of fireworks can trigger flashbacks for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder like Vietnam combat veteran Al Rice.

“Just tell me what you’re going to do,” Rice said. “That way my brain can get prepared okay.”

Fellow disabled veteran Willie Lofton said with the holiday coming up, it’s important for veterans and their family members to prepare.

“Sit down and discuss that it’s this day, loud bangs will be going off,” Lofton said. “Prepare for it so that you don’t go over the edge.”

For more information on the Disabled American Veterans chapter in Greenville, call 252-493-4954.


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