Veteran with PTSD says signs asking for 'courteous' use of fireworks stolen
BRISTOL, R.I. (WJAR) —
A military veteran in Bristol claims someone has stolen signs she's put up in front of her home.
The purpose of the signs is to raise awareness about unintended consequences associated with Fourth of July fireworks.
Maegan Antunes is a Navy veteran. She told NBC 10 News she developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after a third deployment on an aircraft carrier.
"Being on a Navy ship, you don't really think you're going to see what everyone else is seeing on land for the ones in the military that are actually on land fighting," she said. "What we witnessed at that time was not a normal thing we expected would happen."
About a month ago, Antunes placed a sign outside of her home that reads, "Military veteran lives here. Please be courteous with fireworks."
Fireworks heard unexpectedly can trigger her anxiety.
"Give me a heads up, or invite me. That's all I ask for," said Antunes.
Antunes claims about a week after she put the sign up, it went missing. She wasn't sure what happened so she got a second sign.
But now that one is gone, too.
Antunes also said her military veteran license plate was taken off the front of her car.
"It's truly outrageous that someone would do that to this young woman," said Linda Guevremont, who lives across the street.
"Honestly, I'm just speechless," said Antunes.
A police report has been filed.
Bristol police told NBC 10 they're investigating.
Antunes now has a third sign, but she hasn't decided whether or not she should put it up.
She said she doesn't want to stop people from using fireworks, but wants people to think about those who may not find them fun when they're heard unexpectedly.