[quote user="spouse of a vet"]We need to remember that not all of our men and women who have fought for our country are able to handle fireworks displays very well. ... [/quote]
How did this become a veterans issue?
This bill is about regulation of commerce (trade) in fireworks to serve the interest of public health and safety.
We need to remember that not all of our men and women who have fought for our country are able to handle fireworks displays very well. After being subjected to a neighbor's ongoing 3 night demonstration of commercial grade fireworks, my husband's nightmares flared up. He was in the special forces and served in Black Hawk Down in Somalia, the ground war in Kuaitt, Iraq both times, Afghanistan, in Panama, Eastern Europe and Grenada. He usually does really well, but after that ongoing display, his post traumatic stress flared up and he was not himself for at least three months - this basically means that I keep the kids away from him, give him his space and let him try to regain control of himself again. That three night display ruined our lives for three months. I think that vets with PTSD should be able to have bans on fireworks displays within 1/2 mile of their residence. Also, people applying for permits should have to inform their neighbors of the time, durration, etc. Tonight the bottle rockets started up and I could see my husband start to tense up. The 4th is only 3 days away, and I really don't know what to do - we can't leave town because we have livestock to take care of - and the animals really don't do well with the racket either.
What is this holiday about? One's rights should never infringe on the rights of another.
And, we should respect our vets. Most vets have too much pride to let people know just how much they are affected by the explosions.