Valdosta Fire Department offers yard signs for combat veterans before the Fourth of July

Valdosta fire department has created yard signs for combat veterans this Fourth of July for PTSD awareness month.
Published: Jun. 9, 2023 at 5:12 PM EDT
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VALDOSTA, Ga. (WALB) - As the Fourth of July holiday is quickly approaching, the Valdosta Fire Department (VFD) and its Citizens Fire Academy have designed a yard sign for combat veterans.

For some veterans with military-related PTSD, hearing loud booms can activate unpleasant memories from the past. Valdosta Fire hopes this small gesture will make everyone’s holiday memorable.

“We want everyone to enjoy the holidays and enjoy the fireworks, but also keep in mind that fireworks can induce stress for our combat veterans,” Valdosta Fire Chief Brian Boutwell of Dept. said. “We can honor our combat veterans and just remind the community that we want to be mindful of our fireworks as we enjoy the upcoming holidays.”

The yard signs are available free of charge at 106 South Oak Street, Valdosta Fire Department Station 1.