Fireworks do not trigger PTSD in “combat” veterans but can trigger attention seeking non-combat veterans to act like spoiled children for the camera.
The Fourth of July is upon us and while most of us will be firing up the barbecue, getting wasted with friends and family and lighting up the sky with a demonstration of freedom and democracy – a select few will be crying about their feelings. My fellow veterans, those few who are desperate for attention and pretend that fireworks sound like combat. Fireworks sound nothing like artillery, IED’s, gunshots, or much of anything else other than fireworks.
Generation Snowflake volunteered to go to war and came home with a traumatic case of butt-hurt. Welcome home to those few who are stuck in the moments of your service. You know that you can move on with your life . . . You’re the old man at the bar who won’t stop talking about high school and your knee injury that kept you out of the NFL. Go forward, there is more to life than the damned military. Yeah, of course, veterans reminisce, but damn it’s not a full-time job and most of us try not to bore people who know nothing about it by going on and on about it.
Uggh . . . But I have PTSD, well then perhaps if you looked at a calendar or loved America you’d know that this is a national holiday. Your alleged ‘PTSD’ shouldn’t flare up as your mental state should be anticipating fireworks. Just as well, fireworks are nothing like the real thing . . . no matter how many you detonate – I’ve tried, extensively.
Think of it like this, combat is bacon, and fireworks are a bell pepper. A bell pepper is nothing like bacon.
There is also a disparaging trend in those who make this claim and it’s not from the type of folks who write for SOFREP or those they served with. The fireworks and PTSD association is made by those who have no idea what combat is . . . Sure, maybe they were deployed, and on a nice base that took some indirect fire, much like those who were chilling on Al-Taqaddum Air Base, Balad Air Base, Bagram Airfield, FOB Sykes and so on who ran like hell whenever a simple and small mortar round fell on or near their base. These people actually made t-shirts, which proclaimed “Mortaritaville.”
Oh but they’re, combat veterans – wow, such hard asses. These folks make up the composition of the breeding ground for the fear of fireworks attention grab; the mentality of ‘give me everything because I’m a veteran.’ That’s right, this fireworks allegation is an attention grab. They’re making it all up for attention because they watched “Born on the Fourth of July,” and are emulating media images rather than accepting the fact that they were chilling during their deployment(s).
I wasn’t always so jaded and attempted to help some of these people . . . veterans, I suppose. Yet their antics, demands, falsifications, and sense of entitlement has demonstrated to me again and again that these media whoring ‘veterans’ behind this fireworks façade are nothing more than toddlers throwing a temper tantrum for attention. In fact, it was only a few years ago that I tried to help, here is an excerpt from a media interview,
‘They hear a sound that they associate with a traumatic event in their life. It triggers the event over for them,’ says Buck Clay who runs a non-profit organization for veterans like himself.
In his experience, Clay says PTSD is common in men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
‘You got that person. You run them through the gambit. You bring them home. Not everyone can handle that well,’ said Clay. –WXIX
I read too many medical studies and listened to individual cases rather than testing the reality of the situation. Only then I discovered their claims, hold no water.
Locally, the best example I can cite is that of a kid who tried to join my unit back in 2005 – but it didn’t work out and he was released from active duty. Shortly thereafter he joined the National Guard as a truck driver, 88M and couldn’t handle that. The Army then reclassified his military occupational specialty (MOS) to cook. After that and with one short deployment before being sent home as an 88M he spent his short stint as a cook running out of the kitchen and hiding from invisible incoming fire. This boy saw no combat, but his base was hit with indirect fire – kilometers away from him.
Perhaps the remedy would be a tougher indoctrination and training regimen. Oh wait, nevermind, we listen to whiny heaps of burning garbage, make their cries doctrine, and shame anyone who may hurt their feelings or rough them up a little. Don’t train for war, because someone may get offended or not make the standard – everyone gets a trophy, even the failures. We’ll learn hard from this when we go to a real war again . . . Russia is on the horizon.
As for the kid, he was never in any real, only perceived danger – P.S., trauma from fear of danger in the long-term is complete and utter propagated nonsense, which is created and reinforced by a failure in self and a weak support circle that fails to encourage forward momentum. Anyway, he is also the most entitled piece of shit I ever made, and he has and continues to put on shows to milk federal benefits, non-profit organizations, the media, the V.A., veterans organizations, and anyone who will listen to his lies. He rocks around town wearing Ranger apparel and a false DD-214 full of SOCOM and elite fake and real DA schools on his Jeep. The only schools this guy qualified at was basic training and the three advanced individual training courses the Army wasted money on trying to fix him. The Army really went out of its way to accommodate him, but he failed.
Now he is being rewarded for failure, with 200% VA service connected compensation and pension benefits, as well as collecting full Social Security benefits. He also spends his days collecting demands from folks who want to help veterans. He’ll lie your wallet open.
He and a lot of these people were a mess before they enlisted. If you want to fix these kinds of people – stop babying adults and kick them in the ass. Shed no tears for pathological liars and attention whores.
I’ll be off blowing shit up and trying to light the sky on fire. USA – USA – USA!
Let the crying and defense of people who actually only need their commanders, fathers, or mothers to take off their belts and spank their pampered asses into adults . . .
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