By Gabe Salazar, KOB4 on July 5, 2023
Millions of Americans will celebrate our nation’s independence with fireworks but it can be challenging for many of our veterans.
“Big loud explosions, big flashing lights. That actually triggers parts of our brain associated with fear,” said Dr. Randolph Baca, a psychiatrist at Lovelace Medical Center.
According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, 7% of veterans suffer from PTSD. Fireworks, which may seem fun to crowds, can trigger memories of wartime trauma.
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