The Fourth of July is a holiday in which we all celebrate our nation and those who have served it. However, for some veterans with PTSD, the July 4 holiday is a difficult one.
For many veterans suffering from PTSD, the loud sounds of fireworks celebrations and large crowds can trigger symptoms of PTSD. For these vets, it can be difficult to even get out of the house on the Fourth of July. Even explosions from small firecrackers set off by private individuals in their front yards can cause panic in a person suffering from PTSD. Other veterans have problems dealing with the Fourth because, while it represents pride in our country, it also brings a strong sense of grief for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. In recent years, VA has increased hiring of those professionals trained to help vets suffering from PTSD. Our veterans are a major reason why this a great country and it is sad to think that some of them have problems dealing with the Fourth of July, the most patriotic of holidays.
MORE INFORMATION FOR VETERANS WITH PTSD
- Symptoms of PTSD
PTSD symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event, but they may not happen until months or years later. There are four types of symptoms: reliving the event, avoidance, numbing, and feeling keyed up.
- Relaxed Rules for PTSD Claims
New rules make the VA disability claims process quicker and easier for veterans who are experiencing PTSD.
- Veterans Disability Claims for PTSD
The VA frequently improperly denies claims for PTSD or minimizes the ratings. An experienced veterans disability advocate can help.
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