Veterans ask public for courtesy with fireworks

Veterans ask public for courtesy with fireworks

WATSON, LA (WAFB) - Veteran advocacy groups want people to have fun, but also be courteous for the well-being of combat veterans on Independence Day.

Many people enjoy popping fireworks on July 4th, but for Clint Franks it's one of the toughest times of the year. Franks served in the Army for six years and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. He said every time he hears fireworks go off, it brings back nightmares.

"One time I was working outside and somebody popped off one. I actually heard the whistling noise. When I heard it I actually screamed incoming and ran in to the house," said Franks.

Now, Franks and his family will be placing signs that read "Combat veteran lives here, please be courteous with fireworks" outside their home. 

The signs are provided by the Military Advocacy Project of Louisiana. Shawn Cronan with the organization said it is all about making sure everyone has a good time.

"We are just simply asking folks to enjoy July 4th. Enjoy your fireworks, but please be courteous and mindful of any combat veterans that live in your neighborhood," said Cronan.

Veterans also say it's always a good thing to just let them know ahead of time.

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