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Keeping veterans in mind during holiday celebrations

For veterans, fireworks can bring back memories from their time in service. (Source: WALB) For veterans, fireworks can bring back memories from their time in service. (Source: WALB)
Navy veteran Arthur Jones (Source: Arthur Jones) Navy veteran Arthur Jones (Source: Arthur Jones)
For them, the loud noises can bring up harrowing memories. (Source: WALB) For them, the loud noises can bring up harrowing memories. (Source: WALB)
According to the department of veteran affairs, roughly 15 percent of veterans suffer with PTSD. (Source: WALB) According to the department of veteran affairs, roughly 15 percent of veterans suffer with PTSD. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

While shooting off fireworks and celebrating the America's independence, it's important to remember the ones who fought and continue to fight for our freedom.

For them, the loud noises can bring up harrowing memories.

For every explosion of a firework, crowds of people take in the beautiful sight.

But for combat veterans, the sound takes them back somewhere else. To times of war and peril.

"It brings back a lot of memories," said Navy veteran Arthur Jones.

For Jones, a 22-year Navy veteran with three combat missions under his belt, the sounds are alarming.

"It makes me feel, I have high anxiety, I pace the floor a lot," explained Jones.

That's why Jones asks that people to pay attention to signs in their neighborhoods.

State law prohibits setting off fireworks after 9 p.m. except on New Year's, July 3rd and July 4th. Fireworks must end at midnight on those nights and at 1 a.m. on New Year's Eve. But Jones said that they don't.

"It's taking a toll on a lot of people, those with post traumatic stress and the fact that they're firing well into the night, 3 o'clock in the morning, sometimes four o'clock in the morning," said Jones.

He said that the loud bangs take him back to the Middle East when times were much more dangerous.

Jones wants people to enjoy their holiday. He just asks that they respect he and other veterans in their neighborhood.

"There are veterans in every neighborhood and affecting all of us. It's just a bad situation, and I hate to relive it," explained Jones.

According to the department of veteran affairs, roughly 15 percent of veterans suffer with PTSD.

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