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‘Please be courteous’: North Carolina veteran reminds neighbors that fireworks can trigger wartime PTSD

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In North Carolina, an Afghanistan and Iraq War veteran reminded his neighbors that fireworks are not fun for everyone by displaying a sign asking them to be mindful of his explosion-triggered post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to High Point, North Carolina’s Fox 8, a sign outside of the home of Marine Corps veteran Kevin Haynes sparked a conversation about the severity of PTSD.

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“Combat veteran lives here,” the sign reads. “Please be courteous with fireworks.”

At the bottom of the sign is the URL address for Military with PTSD, an organization committed to “helping families connect despite PTSD.”

Haynes is one of the 20 percent of American veterans that has PTSD, a disorder that can triggered by noises like the shooting of fireworks that resemble explosions or gunfire.

“If I don’t know it’s coming and I just hear it, anywhere, anything from flashbacks to my whole body will tense up,” Haynes said. “Instant anxiety, it puts me right back into combat mode. It puts me right back in fight or flight.”

Despite the triggers, though, Haynes said he doesn’t want to be defined by the disorder he experiences.

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“I don’t use the term ‘struggle’ or ‘suffer from’ at all, because if you struggle with it, if you suffer from it, that means it has control over your life,” Haynes said. Rather, he chooses to say he “lives with” PTSD, “because if you live with something, it doesn’t control you.”

Haynes and his wife, Jennifer, told Fox 8 that they put the sign in their yard not only to raise awareness about what they deal with, but about the plight of PSTD survivors in general. They advised viewers to try to stop and chat with the people who put out the sign, and then share the message to get the word out.

“If we can be that voice for at least one other person, then I think we’re doing an OK job,” Jennifer said.

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Trump says cough drop in Pelosi’s mouth was her teeth falling out

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President Donald Trump lashed out at Speaker Nancy Pelosi Sunday on Twitter instead of defending himself against accusations of bribery.

Pelosi did her weekly press conference at the end of the week while sucking on either a cough drop or a mint. It wouldn't be shocking if it was the former, as Pelosi was clearing her throat and also drinking water while speaking to the press.

Trump decided it was neither, and instead, it was false teeth falling out of her mouth.

"Because Nancy’s teeth were falling out of her mouth, and she didn’t have time to think!" Trump tweeted in response to a video from the press conference.

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Conservative pens scathing op-ed with sarcastic defense of Republicans’ humiliating hypocrisy

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Conservative columnist Max Boot wasn't shocked when he saw Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) proclaim he had no intention of being an independent juror during President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. The Trump antagonist penned his Sunday column dripping with sarcasm.

His fellow conservative colleague, Jennifer Rubin, similarly said that no one expected anything better from Graham. Boot extended his disdain to the entire Republican Party.

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Americans still don’t know why Trump was rushed to Walter Reed hospital: ex-White House press secretary

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It's been three weeks since President Donald Trump was rushed to Walter Reed hospital, and former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart reminded his Twitter following that Americans still don't know what happened.

"It’s been 3weeks since the President made an unscheduled and rushed trip to Walter Reed. Americans have a right to know about the President's health and the WH explanations doesn’t pass the smell test. I hope there are still enterprising reporters on this. Democracy dies in the dark," Lockhart tweeted.

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