4th Of July Can Be Stressful For Some Veterans

Fireworks Can Trigger PTSD for Some Combat Veterans

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – When it comes to the 4th of July, the celebrations and family get togethers may be great for some people, but when it comes to veterans who have seen combat and have experienced some of the horrors of war, the 4th of July is very difficult.

United States Marine Veteran and board member of Its About the Warrior Foundation, Brandon Rumbaugh told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News that the 4th of July can trigger many veterans PTSD.  Rumbaugh said, “Every man and woman that has experienced some type of combat whether it was during WWII or while in Iraq, Afghanistan, or Vietnam we all have individual experiences.”

“Like me the stuff that I went through in Afghanistan I handled it and I handled it every day just like other men and women do.”

Rumbaugh also said, “For me personally the fireworks and the 4th of July, I always looked at is as celebration of our country and our service members and it never bothered me when I came home.”

Rumbaugh added that veterans handle their PTSD differently and the assumption that they are all violent and always angry and like to fight is not always the case.   

When it comes to fireworks though, some veterans may really struggle and Rumbaugh suggests being there for them and talking them through it.  “I think just talking about it, addressing it and letting that loved one know that it’s okay and that you understand and just want to help.”

Rumbaugh added, “In the military, at least my experience, they taught us we don’t let certain things bother us, you put it behind you and keep moving on.  But in the civilian world that is not how life is.  You have to learn to deal with it, you can’t just brush it off and say you will deal with it later, there is no later, it will only get worse.”  

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