'WOMAN IN BLACK' REVEALEDMAJOR POT CROP FOUNDGAS LEAK MISTAKESNEW WAREHOUSE ROW STORES
WTVC NewsChannel 9 :: News - Top Stories - Fourth of July Fireworks: Remember Combat War Veterans
Updated:
Thursday, July 3 2014, 06:43 PM EDT
Fourth of July Fireworks: Remember Combat War Veterans
For many lighting fireworks early is a chance to celebrate the fourth of July holiday. But for some who fought to keep our country free everyday, it's a painful reminder of what they've had to overcome.

"If someone were to shoot off fireworks on the fourth of March, I would probably have a bigger problem with it but I expecting it. I'm not saying I'm not going to have some sort of physical reaction to it, but as long as it's not coming completely unexpected," said veteran Charles Ayars.

Ayars lives with PTSD, a condition he says is triggered by loud sudden noises or on the fourth of July, fireworks.

"The amygdala in particular. What happens is the amygdala gets overworked in a combat zone and it gets into the habit of its trying to just label anything you see, hear, smell or taste. It's either threat or non-threat. It gets in the habit of any loud sudden noises, it doesn't matter what it really is, your amygdala is telling the rest of your body that's an RPG, that's a mortar, that's an IED," said Ayars.

Ayars says he decided to enlist in the U.S. Army after 9-11. After a few months of training, he was sent overseas to Iraq near Baghdad.

"My platoon had 25 guys, we had two killed in action and 16 received purple hearts," said Ayars.

Ayars was one of those purple heart recipients. He suffered a traumatic brain injury after a car bomb detonated.

"I think I may have went unconscious briefly cause I remember my eyes were open when it happened but my eyes being closed and thinking, oh my, someone just got hurt really bad," said Ayars.

On our Facebook page we noticed many of you pointed out how they could help war veterans during the Independence Day holiday. So, we brought that statement to Ayars. He says the best thing to fix that, is just ask. If you know of a veteran living in your neighborhood, he says to make them aware of your firework plans ahead of time so they aren't caught off guard.

By Alyssa Spirato
 











Fourth of July Fireworks: Remember Combat War Veterans

Advertise with us!

Related Stories

  • TN/GA Regional News
  • National News
  • International News
  • WTVC :: Community - The Good Life

    The Good Life

    Celebrating the events, adventures and activities that represent "The Good Life" in the NewsChannel 9 viewing area.
  • WTVC :: Community - Sideroads

    Sideroads

    Take a ride with Brian Smith to explore the unique people and places to be found along the Sideroads of the NewsChannel 9 viewing area.
  • WTVC :: Community - Road Trippin

    Road Trippin

    Come Road Trippin' with us and see all the great sites in your area!
  • WTVC :: Community - Closings and Delays

    Closings and Delays

    These are the latest School and Business Closings reported to NewsChannel 9. If you see errors or need to add a school or business, call 423-757-7320.
  • WTVC :: Community - Educator of the Year

    Educator of the Year

    Vote now on your favorite candidate teacher for the Educator of the Year!
  • WTVC :: Community - Wednesday's Child

    Wednesday's Child



  • WTVC :: Community - Deaf & Hard of Hearing

    Deaf & Hard of Hearing

    Information provided to NewsChannel 9 by members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community.
  • WTVC :: Community - Community Calendar

    Community Calendar



  • WTVC :: Community - Photo Galleries

    Photo Galleries



  • WTVC :: Community - Sponsored Events

    Sponsored Events

    Check Back Often for NewsChannel9 Sponsored Events!

NewsChannel9 Top Stories

Deadly Accident on Highway 58

GMC Mid-Morning Update for Friday

Middle East Crisis

Our Friday Facebook Friend of the Day

Proposed 44.28% Dade County Property Tax Increase Fails

Patients With Deadly Ebola Virus To Be Transferred To Georgia Hospital

Robbery at Collegedale Credit Union

UPDATE: Hundreds Of Marijuana Plants Found In Grundy County

Gas Leak Follow Up: Mistakes Made

Bulletproof Vests Approved for Chattanooga Firefighters

Summer's Last Splash: A Really Cool Treehouse

Summer's Last Splash: Hiking in Marion County

Summer's Last Splash: the Lookouts

Summer's Last Splash: School Supply Race Between Latricia & Josh

New Retail Stores & Spa Coming to Warehouse Row

Hamilton County Teachers Surveyed on Top Needed School Supplies

Bike Traffic Light on North Shore First of Its Kind in Tennessee

Collegedale Concession Stand Fire Believed Arson

Boyd Buchanan Football Squad to Use Safer Helmets

Portion of Highway 58 Dedicated To Fallen Firefighter

Effort Underway to Build Parks in Honor of Child Who Died in Hot Car

GMC Mid-Morning Update for Thursday

It's a Geep?!?!

Ebola Update in West Africa

Our Thursday Facebook Friend of the Day

Dump Truck Tips Over on Mowbray Mtn.

New Hospital To Aid One Of The Unhealthiest Counties in TN

Mocs First Day of Practice

All on Board For CFC National Championship Game

Chattanooga Police Chief Addresses Department Diversity Concerns

UPDATE: New Clinic Means New Hope for Veterans

Identity of Mysterious "Woman in Black" Revealed

Gas Leak Forces Business Evacuations

Candidates Vie For Hamilton County District 1 Commission Seat

Parents Petition to Preserve Popular Playground

Back to School Means It's Immunization Time

Tennessee's TCAP Scores Released

Marion County Girl Named TN's National American Miss

Woman Testifies She Saw Holly Bobo on Video

GMC Mid-Morning Update for Wednesday

Middle East Update

A Close Call as a Train Comes!

Fugitives on the Run Caught

Our Wednesday Facebook Friend of the Day

Residents Sound Off To Chattanooga City Council On Sound Ordinance

Chattanooga Man Shot in the Hip

Accuser Collapses During Preliminary Hearing for Rape Suspect

Phone Scam Targeting Seniors Spreading to Area Counties

Chattanooga City Council Holds Public Hearing on Noise Ordinance Proposal

McMinn County Sheriff's Office Gets Guns from Military Surplus

Last Airman Aboard Enola Gay Dies in Georgia

House Fire Blamed on Man Using Electric Pump to Transfer Gasoline

3rd Annual GigTank Event Showcases Inventions, Ideas and Innovation

Bipartisan Deal to Reform VA Includes New Clinic in Chattanooga

US & Europe to Impose Tough New Sanctions on Russia

Child's Body Found in Wheel Well of U.S. Military Aircraft

Immigrant Advocates Say They're Puzzled by Governor Haslam's Letter to President Obama

Georgia Mother Charged with Leaving Kids in Hot Car

Overturned Tractor Trailer in McMinn Co

GMC Mid-Morning Update for Tuesday

MUST SEE: Former UT Vol Peyton Manning Dances at Broncos Practice

Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

GMC teams celebrates Drew Bollea's Birthday

Our Tuesday Facebook Friend of the Day

Changes Coming to Bradley SPCA Animal Shelter

CFC Heading To New Jersey For Championship

Chattanooga Man Shot In The Knee

Bradley County Boy Recovering from Dog Attack

Suspect in Hidden Bathroom Cam Investigation Speaks Out

Snow Leopard Dies at Chattanooga Zoo

Peggy Carroll - A Mother to Children in Need

Chattanooga Choo Choo to Undergo an "Extreme Makeover"

1000 Gallons a Minute: Major Flooding on North Shore

First Day In Pads In Tennessee

House Deemed Total Loss After Fire

Local Business Leaders Discuss Climate Change Impact

Hardwick Clothes Celebrates 134 Years in Business in Cleveland

Health Officials Scramble to Contain Ebola Outbreak

Cell Phone Burns Up Girl's Bed

Massive Phone Outage in Cherokee County, NC

HazMat Spill Shuts Down Amnicola

Severe Weather Strikes Across the Country

Our Monday Facebook Friend of the Day

GMC Mid-Morning Update for Monday

Man Dies in Sunday Morning Stabbing

Cleveland Candlelight Vigil for 17-Month-Old Baby

"Rising Star" Contestant with Local Ties

Governor Haslam's Plea to President Obama Over Immigrant Children

Man Drowns in Polk County

Rival Bikers Involved in Shooting in Athens

Roughnecks Memorial for K9 Tanja

Motorcycle Accident in Clevelend

Singing Sensation: Slava Korsak

From Scraps to Art Bikes

More Negative Political Ads Surface In Third Congressional District Race

10-Month-Old Kansas Girl Dies After Being Left In Hot Car

The Price of Freedom: UTC's Veteran Entrepreneur Program

Chattanooga Man Charged with Aggravated Rape of A Child

Common Core Town Hall Prompts Some to Do Their Research

Police Need Help Finding Fraud Suspects

Advertise with us!

Newsmax Headlines

Sponsored content

Business News

Asia stocks dip on Dow drop

HONG KONG (AP) -- Most Asian stock markets dipped on Friday following a big sell-off on Wall Street but losses were limited by optimistic reports on China's economy.

Consumer Info

   WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
 Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
 ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
 reputation. ...

Entertainment News

"GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY" - ZOE SALDANA

LONDON (AP) -- Zoe Saldana hopes fanboys find her sexy in "Guardians of the Galaxy" even though she has green skin.

Get This

DOGHOUSE ARREST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- He went from the doghouse to the jailhouse.

Science/Tech News

IN THE NEWS: TWITTER SAYS GOVERNMENT REQUESTS FOR USER DATA GREW SHARPLY

NEW YORK (AP) -- Twitter says government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.


 

Tonight on WTVC NewsChannel 9

7:00 Wheel of Fortune

7:30 Jeopardy

8:00 Shark Tank

9:00 What Would You Do?

10:00 20/20

11:00 NewsChannel 9

11:35 Jimmy Kimmel Live

Complete Schedule »


Road Trippin
No Text Zone
Pay It Forward
Storm Track 9 Radar
Storm Track 9 Weather App