BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -
The Fourth of July brings out the red, white and blue and patriotism across the country. It also brings on a lot of fireworks.
They can be great show for the kids and family but it's also a time that can bring up bad memories for veterans who live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Veterans who live with PTSD say anything can trigger that moment that takes you back to an unpleasant place. The Fourth of July falls right into that category for a lot of veterans.
Army veteran Boris Blackwell completed eight deployments and he left the military in 2014.
But since 2011 he said he became a person who was always on alert. Loud, sudden noises tend to amplify that reaction. This holiday weekend he has one simple request for the public.
"I think that the public just needs to have patience with us. You know, a lot of times what you don't understand can be very confusing for you. So, I think just educating yourself and being patient with veterans, it helps a lot," said Blackwood.
If you are a veteran or the loved one of a veteran and need any type of help, please reach out to the Veterans Crisis Line any time of day.
1-800-273-8255 (Press #1 to connect)
Text: 838255 (Message and data fees apply)