Fireworks are a staple for Fourth of July celebrations. For most people, they’re the sights and sounds of celebration, patriotism, and jubilance. However, for those who have served this country, it can be a painful reminder of a dark period in their lives.
Often times, we don’t think about the fact that these bright and sparkly lights that light up the night sky can be triggering for veterans who are battling PTSD.
“It is a pretty intense time of the year. Hypervigilance, alertness, these are symptoms you suffer from with PTSD. You see a lot of veterans struggle with that. Just imagine that all of a sudden being now magnified.” said Ted Peet, President of Got Your Six Veterans Group.
It can sometimes be hard to ask for help, but with thousands of veterans committing suicide every day around the country, it’s important that they know they are not alone.
Got Your Six Veterans Group is an organization based out of Elmira that was established to make sure no veteran has to face their demons alone. It was started by Ted Peet in 2016 with the mission of helping as many veterans as possible.