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This Independence Day, for those of you that are American like I am, please read this and take time to think about what I am about to say. It seems that 'traditionally' people go out and buy fireworks and firecrackers for this time of year and enjoy setting them off in their driveways or back yards during the week leading up to and a couple weeks after the 4th of July. I don't want to put a damper on your fun, I used to be the same way growing up. However, before you set off those fireworks/firecrackers in your yard this year, please stop to think of those neighbors that might be combat veterans. Most won't say a word about this, but speaking from personal experience hearing people light explosive things near your house is nerve wracking and will likely send those veterans either into hiding for a few weeks or just simply make their lives hell for those few weeks. I myself am a combat veteran and I dread this 3 week period every year. I understand that everyone wants to enjoy themselves and celebrate the holiday, but if you are willing, please go to a park or something and enjoy yourselves there; maybe have a barbecue as well. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and enjoy your holiday.