Yard signs for veterans with PTSD take off ahead of holiday

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - This Independence Day, thousands of veterans across the country are putting up some pretty unique yard signs for their neighbors to read.

The sign says 'A combat veteran lives here. Please be courteous with fireworks.'

Shawn Gourley of Evansville and the non-profit group Military with PTSD are behind the signs that are gaining popularity. She has already shipped out about 2,500 yard signs with 3,500 people one a waiting list.

"It's the simplest thing, but it means so much," she told FOX 59 via Skype.

Gourley's husband served in the Navy, and like many veterans he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Doctors say fireworks can trigger symptoms if veterans are not expecting them. Gourley said veterans don't want people to not celebrate the holiday. Instead, the yard sign allows people to give their veteran neighbors a heads up so they can mentally prepare for the fireworks.

"They're okay with fireworks whenever they know they're coming. I've seen many vets go and help set them off," she said. "It's the unexpected that can send them into such a tailspin.

Gourley is still taking orders for yard signs, but will not be able to deliver them by July 4th. To order one or learn more about them, click here.

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