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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Most people look forward to July 4th celebrations.
Not everyone has that excitement, though.
For many veterans, July 4th fireworks celebrations can bring back horrifying memories.
Fireworks, which have a similar sound to the explosion of bombs, sometimes make it difficult for military veterans to enjoy the holiday.
The noises cause some to be pushed into survival mode, running from a room or crouching under furniture.
According to doctors, the reaction is caused by muscle memory from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The United States military isn’t sure just how many military personnel suffer from PTSD.
Many times the illness goes unreported because of embarrassment.
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