There's no doubt the Fourth of July is a day to celebrate those who have defended our nation's independence, but one nonprofit wants to remind Americans that fireworks can create stress for military vets.
Last year, the organization, called Military with PTSD, distributed 4,372 yard signs free of charge to veterans who requested them, according to its Facebook page.
Experts say fireworks can trigger "a range of reactions" including "becoming more alert and vigilant" and "even flashbacks" in some combat veterans.
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Powerful and emotional day for me and my family at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA.
Took a long moment here and closed my eyes while the church hymns played thru the speakers paying respect to these four beautiful little girls who were killed by falling rubble after a bomb exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.
Couldn't help but shed a tear thinking about my own young daughters and how I live to provide for and protect them. It's how we all feel about our babies. Provide, educate, protect and love.
Celebrating our country's independence I wanted to dig a bit deeper to gain more knowledge/perspective on our history.
Really grateful I did. Enjoy your families today. 🇺🇸
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Military with PTSD founders say they don't want to stop fireworks, but they do hope neighbors will give these veterans a heads up.
One veteran told NBC: "On the Fourth of July, I'm going to pop my own fireworks. But when you get woken up at two, three o'clock in the morning, it brings back those memories."
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, between 11 and 20 percent of military veterans who've served in the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in a given year.
This video includes clips from the U.S. Army and the U.S. Marine Corps and images from Getty Images. Music provided courtesy of APM Music.