Vets with PTSD join in celebration for 4th of July

By: Noelani Mathews
July 4, 2016

QUITMAN, Ga. (WCTV) -- In the eyes of many veterans, fireworks can turn any holiday from patriotic to panic.

This year, a non-profit organization in Quitman is trying to change that.

Hopes and Dreams Riding Facility helps veterans that suffer from PTSD, TBI, and other disabilities.

For the first time, they're having their own Fourth of July Celebration.

Founder, Mike Randall, says fireworks often keep veterans from celebrating Independence Day.

He says, that was until he recently spoke with veterans lodged at his facility wanting to give it a try.

"We've asked the veterans what they wanted to do and they said they would like to try some very minor stuff to see if they can handle it", says Randall. "If we shoot one of and they can't handle it, we will put them up. It's up to them and what they want. This is kind of a recovery process to get them used to different things."

The facility is inviting family, friends, and other veterans to join the celebration at Hopes and Dreams.

They will be grilling, horseback riding, enjoying other activities starting around 5 p.m.

Hopes and Dreams is located on 6300 Madison Highway in Quitman, Ga.