Military Matters: Fourth of July fireworks may trigger PTSD for vets

Military Matters: Fourth of July fireworks may trigger PTSD for vets
The sound of fireworks can remind veterans suffering from PTSD of gunfire, triggering memories from combat.

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - While fireworks can bring joy and fun for some on the Fourth of July, it can also bring stress and anxiety for some of our veterans.

Fireworks have the ability to trigger veterans who have been diagnosed with PTSD.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says between 11 and eleven percent of veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars alone were diagnosed with PTSD.

The sound of fireworks can remind them of gunfire, triggering memories from combat.

If you are shooting off fireworks tonight, you are advised to keep your neighbors in mind, especially if they are a veteran.

If you would like your neighbors to know you are a veteran with PTSD, a group called Military with PTSD will ship you a yard sign for free.

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