Newsflash: 4th of July is NOT AWESOME for soldiers.
Seriously, it’s not. I was a soldier. My husband is a soldier. There is nothing, NOTHING fun about things exploding outside the house. It doesn’t bother me, but I never had to deal with rockets or mortars.
The hubby on the other hand is usually an antsy bundle of nerves whenever firework time rolls around, be the 4th of July or the 1st of January. He has dealt with rocket attacks, mortar attacks, fire fights, etc and fireworks bring all that stress back full circle.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a real thing and it always makes me feel terrible to watch him deal with fireworks. It’s not a “run and hide” sort of reaction he gets, but the stress does ramp up. It’s called Battlemind and it’s not a fun thing to deal with as a soldier or as a sympathetic family member.
Sorry to be a downer. o.o;
Happy Independence Day everybody!! >.>