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By Anonymous / Saturday 2 January 2016 16:09 / United States - San Mateo
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By  Tripartita  |  44

That's why I carry firecrackers around whenever I'm with my veteran grandfather. In case I ever piss somebody off, I know I'm a lighter-flick away from Hulk-level protection. Some people think I'm exploitative and douchey, but to them I say… *takes out lighter and firecrackers*

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  Kiernan151  |  25

Well 16 I'm guessing that he doesn't have too many flashbacks because if it was leftover from new years, since they used fireworks on new years I am assuming he wasn't flipping out on everyone for hours, especially if there was only a single firecracker left, so if he was warned he probably wouldn't have.

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  grunt_fml  |  17

As someone else already said, PTSD does not work like that, genius. He can not chose to "freak out less". Do you tell people they should have less fever or headache? And he might not even know that he reacts that way. He might have no problems with fireworks in case he knows what is going on, but freaks out when caught off guard.

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  cacheson  |  38

As a matter of fact, I have PTSD and if I'm prepared I can often brace myself or decide if I need to leave, and I have a pretty good idea of what things might set me off. Living with it is something that you learn to do after a while. I am not saying that it would have been a foolproof way to avoid the problem, just that giving him a chance to make a decision might have helped.

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  cacheson  |  38

Also, it seems pretty obvious to me that firecrackers might sound like gunshots. The grandfather would probably know that, and know that he had PTSD. I'd also be wary of that if I had a war veteran in my family and maybe just tell him to go somewhere else preemptively.

By  Tripartita  |  44

That's why I carry firecrackers around whenever I'm with my veteran grandfather. In case I ever piss somebody off, I know I'm a lighter-flick away from Hulk-level protection. Some people think I'm exploitative and douchey, but to them I say… *takes out lighter and firecrackers*

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  MasterTron  |  24

And they did a lot of messed up shit in that war on both sides, my grandfather told me some of the things he did and saw. I dont blame OPs grandfather for reacting like that.

By  apcsox  |  18

That's inconsiderate to do around a veteran. PTSD is a serious thing that effects our brothers and sisters in arms for the rest of their lives. YDI times infinity.

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  izntdan  |  14

Maybe they didn't knew he would have flash backs or even that he had PTSD. It's not like OP did it for a joke. It sucks for both of them but I wouldn't say OP deserves it

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  Fairyjoshy  |  13

Considering it's leftover fireworks, they probably didn't know that it would set their grandfather's PTSD off *because* the fireworks didn't set them off before. Granted, there's other ways that it could have been their fault, but without a follow up, it's not enough to judge on.

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  cnbcad  |  15

If you want to play jokes on people man up and take the results. You make unexpected explosions around a combat vet and you're not very bright

By  DoomedGemini  |  37

My cousin who came back a while ago couldn't be around fireworks without dropping to the ground or something similar. It's common for veterans to react like that, it sounds too similar to gun shots or bombs. You need to be careful.

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