Help 2,500 Disabled Veterans with PTSD

by Military with PTSD


Provide a free yard sign to 2,500 disabled veterans with PTSD that reads "Combat veteran lives here. Please be courteous with fireworks," in time for Independence Day in 2015. If you would like to sign up for a sign please register at and check the box Firework sign.
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An estimated 7% to 20% of the more than 2.5 million veterans and troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan are believed to have developed PTSD. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, loud blasts and flashing lights can sometimes induce panic attacks. PTSD is characterized by emotionally re-experiencing traumatic events. The thoughts are triggered for combat veterans by the sound of an explosion or gunfire, or even certain sights and smells, according to the Institute of Medicine.


This project will remind people a veteran lives in their neighborhood and that if they are planning fireworks, heads-up would be nice. Jon Dykes, the veteran who made the original sign that inspired this program said, "Courteous to me means remembering that you are not the only one living in your neighborhood. America celebrates our independence on the 4th of July. Not the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th of July. Some fireworks are expected, and that's OK. I understand; but not 24 hours a day."

Long-Term Impact

Combat veterans are not the only sufferers of PTSD; the illness occurs after other types of experiences such as a sexual assault or a car accident. The "Explosion of Kindness" campaign is to educate everyone on the effects of fireworks on veterans and hopefully others who are afflicted with PTSD.


National Story about Fireworks Sign
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Organization Information

Military with PTSD

Location: Evansville, IN - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Shawn Gourley
Evansville, IN United States

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