Fireworks not fun for some veterans with PTSD

CREATED Jul 3, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - "Post traumatic stress and fireworks don't mix well," said Mark Flower from Dry Hootch.

Flower suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  While fireworks don't bother him, he knows many who can't handle the repeated loud bangs.  It can trigger a PTSD breakdown.
"Unfortunately sometimes for our veterans who have served in combat areas, the fireworks bring back memories that they may be trying to forget," Flower said.
He explains the vet themselves may not know how bad it will affect them, until it's too late.
"They aren't clapping, they may break into sweats or dive under picnic tables," Flower said.
The loud fireworks can affect men, women, young and old veterans.  He said it affects more veterans than we realize.
"I think one of the hidden secrets is that fireworks can affect-not saying I want to ban fireworks-but just be aware." Flower said.
"Flower's best advice is just talk to to the vet in your life before you head out to the fireworks display.