The Fourth of July isn’t enjoyable for some military veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, more commonly known as PTSD. Doctors say fireworks remind them of combat and sometimes make them think they’re under attack so be courteous.

Doctors offered an important tip: If your neighbor or loved one is a veteran or was recently deployed, let them know BEFOREHAND if you’re going to set off fireworks.

Salt Lake City physician, Doctor Steven Allen who treats veterans regularly,  said it’s easier for vets suffering from PTSD if they can expect the explosions. PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder. It can occur after a person has gone through an extreme emotional trauma that involved the threat of injury or death, such as military service in a combat zone.


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