U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that PTSD afflicts:
Fireworks are the hallmark of Fourth of July activities but can be difficult trigger for veterans dealing with PTSD.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is anxiety disorder that stems from having experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. *Symptoms can include :
Flashbacks to traumatic event
Aversion to certain triggering stimuli, such as loud noises
Gulf War Veterans
The American Pyrotechnics Association estimates that on the 4th of July Americans set off more than:
* According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.