Last year, I noted how July 4th can be traumatizing for some of those with a brain injury. This year, I want to recognize that some towns do support those who suffer from it. In Mississippi, a celebration at Old Trace Park in Ridgeland County holds an event that is partially sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of Mississippi. In Iowa, Brett Greenwood, the former defensive back for the University of Iowa Hawkeyes who suffered a brain injury in 2011, will be serving as Grand Marshall of the Bettondorf parade. (“The goal is for Greenwood to walk on his own,” says his former Iowa football teammate Pat Angerer.) As for prevention, the Tucson News Now provided advice on how to ensure the health of pet’s brains amid the summer heat of July 4th celebrations.
The Huffington Post notes the ongoing trauma for some troops, specifically noting the trauma suffered by some of the veterans of the Vietnam War. On this blog, the article, Patriotic Day Can Traumatize America’s Patriots, also recognizes this trauma.