Warn PTSD suffers during your Independence Day festivities

Posted at 6:51 PM, Jun 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-29 15:23:37-04

(WTXL) - The Fourth of July fast approaching and for many it's a sobering reminder of the sacrifices made by those currently serving and those who've served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs, about 30% of Vietnam veterans, 12% of Gulf War veterans, and 20% of veterans, who fought in Iraq experience PTSD.

The condition can make loud noise and bright lights, both common in Independence Day festivities, upsetting for the very people we're celebrating.

If you're a veteran who suffers from PTSD or you need someone to talk to, you can call the National Veteran's Crisis Line around the clock at 1-800-273-8255 or simply text 838-255 to connect with a confidential veteran's chat counselor.