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Fireworks can affect veterans with PTSD

Posted at 7:05 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 22:05:57-04

NEVADA (KTNV) — The Fourth of July can pose challenges for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, as explosive fireworks and firecrackers can replicate gunfire.

Doug Stepina, a VA suicide prevention coordinator, says this is a time for those with PTSD to take a step back and evaluate their mental health and determine how well they can cope over the holiday weekend.

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Stepina also says having a support system is extremely important, and people should avoid lighting off fireworks at random times when those with PTSD are not expecting them.