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News 12 Long Island - Veterans with PTSD Ask for Fireworks Courtesy - July 3, 2015

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WOODBURY - Fireworks create more anxiety than pleasure for some this time of year, including veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Veterans are asking neighbors to be courteous when setting off fireworks. Patrick Donohue, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, says he struggled to adjust to civilian life after returning home. He says he is not as concerned with planned firework shows, such as the one at Bethpage Ballpark near his home. Donohue says the illegal fireworks, which are set off randomly, poise more of a problem for veterans with PTSD. "The way I dealt with the Fourth was to put towels on my windows and put the music up really loud," Donohue told News 12. A group known as Military with PTSD is distributing red, white and blue signs for vets to place on their lawns and homes. The signs read, 'Combat Veteran Lives Here. Please Be Courteous with Fireworks.' One in three veterans returning home is diagnosed with PTSD, according to the PTSD Foundation of America.