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How combat veterans are coping with July Fourth fireworks

(CNN)Independence Day is often celebrated with delicious food, family get-togethers and Fourth of July fireworks that light up the night.

What some may not realize is that fireworks can be a source of stress for some veterans — and there’s a movement to make sure revelers realize it.

Fireworks ignite discussion about vets, PTSD

(MSNBC) Shawn Gourley, co-founder and executive director of “Military with PTSD,” joins Alex Witt to explain how people can be mindful of veterans when they light fireworks on Independence Day.Duration: 4:02

 

How Fireworks Can Trigger PTSD

Fireworks will be going off with a bang all weekend, but for some, they cause more anxiety than celebration

(Time) You may see the signs popping up around your neighborhood this July 4—red, white and blue notices that indicate the home of a vet with the request to “Please be courteous with fireworks.”

The signs are the work of a Facebook-launched nonprofit, Military With PTSD, begun by Shawn Gourley, whose husband, Justin, served in the Navy for four years and returned with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sudden and loud noises can trigger episodes of PTSD, bringing veterans back to traumatic experiences they have lived through during their service. According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, up to 20% of military personnel who served in Iraq or Afghanistan experience PTSD each year.

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