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Veterans Asks For Courtesy With Holiday Fireworks

September 11, 2014

AOL.com Article - Arthur hits North Carolina coast just before July 4th holiday

"The sensitivity here is that if you know that your next-door neighbor served ... and you're planning to have a fireworks display in your backyard, it's probably the thoughtful thing to do to let them know," she says. Emotional reactions to loud noises or sounds that bring memories of traumatic events can be very common among veterans and non-veterans, she says. In the most severe cases, where these reactions or memories are strong a recur over time can they amount to a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder. In either case, she says, the concern is not that a veteran might react violently, but that the fireworks "could send somebody into a very painful, stressful, emotional experience remembering a firefight or a buddy who was killed." Research findings differ, but an estimated 7% to 20% of the more than 2.5 million veterans and troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan are believed to have developed PTSD. The disorder is characterized by emotionally re-experiencing or remembering traumatic events, the thoughts involuntarily triggered for combat veterans by the sound of an explosion or gunfire, or even certain sights and smells, according to a recent report by the Institute of Medicine.
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(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Tropical Storm Arthur Threatens North Carolina's Outer Banks CAPE HATTERAS, NC - JULY 02: Vehicles drive off the ferry from Ocracoke Island which officials have called for a voluntary evacuation due to approaching storm, July 2, 2014 in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Tropical Storm Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Tropical Storm Arthur Threatens North Carolina's Outer Banks MIRLO BEACH, NC - JULY 02: A motor home heads north on Hwy 12 on July 2, 2014 in Mirlo Beach, North Carolina. Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials ordered all camp grounds to be evacuated by 12 noon today due to approaching tropical storm Arthur heading toward North Carolina's Outer Banks. Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and is expected to make landfall over the Fourth of July holiday.
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Essence Festival becomes holiday mecca, political draw for women - The Washington Post

This year, the festival, which generated $231 million in revenue for Louisiana last year, is set to break records with well over 500,000 attendees streaming through the panels during the day and the concerts at night. Among the speakers: Steve Harvey, Robin Roberts, Bishop TD Jakes, Iyanla Vanzant and Rev. Al Sharpton, who has attended every festival over the last 20 years. The messages and discussions will be familiar to any Essence reader, which tackles hard and soft topics on any given issue from gun violence to wealth accumulation, dating tips and empowering young women through education. Sometimes we are talking about things that are going on in the community a threat to voting rights and other issues that are of concern to us and we are able to bring the community together and bring thought leaders together, said Vanessa Bush, the Essence editor-in-chief. But it is about coming up with solutions, not just whats wrong. The four-day event, which kicked off Thursday and runs through Sunday, is the largest live event in the country, with attendance that is six times the size of Coachella and seven times that of SXSW. Some 80 artists will take to the stages, among them Erykah Badu, Nas, Lionel Richie, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, and Prince, who was on Essences June cover.
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