Veteran PTSD flares up during 4th of July holiday

Veteran PTSD flares up during 4th of July holiday
Friday, June 28, 2013 - 6:34pm

A Nebraska war veteran dreads the onset of the 4th of July holiday because his post traumatic stress disorder flares up during this time of year.

The Nebraska Airforce veteran, who prefers to remain unnamed, nearly died 2 years ago after a bomb blew up near him, he says, he nearly died.

But because of that experience, similar sounds, like the sounds of fireworks are difficult for him to hear.

His doctors call it muscle memory from post traumatic stress disorder.

"My body has already hit the ground; it's already curled up. I'm already breathing hard, I'm already panicked."

Like when his neighbors lit off fireworks, he says, he yelled and fell to the ground.

"It's internal, it's embarrassing, it's very hard not to be ashamed of it"

The US military doesn't know exactly how many military personnel suffer from PTSD. Many times the illness goes unreported because of embarrassment.

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