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Fourth of July Fireworks can trigger PTSD for veterans

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CHARLESTON, WV - For most Americans, the Fourth of July is about celebrating independence with fireworks. The booming sound and flashes of light in the sky is something most people say they look forward to.

Yet for many U.S. veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, it can bring back anxiety and panic attacks. 

Mental Health practitioners say loud noises and explosions can remind combat veterans of incoming explosions they experienced in battle. The sounds can also trigger old and emotional fight or flight responses.

A Facebook group is blowing up social media in an effort to bring awareness to this problem. “Military with PTSD” is trying to show communities the impacts fireworks can have on veterans by making signs that say “Combat veteran lives here.  Please be courteous with fireworks.”