War Vets take Shelter During Fourth of July Celebrations - KOAM TV 7

War Vets take Shelter During Fourth of July Celebrations

As we celebrate our country's independence, many U.S.. Military Veterans this week struggle especially for those veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

"I thought that if I join the Marine Corp I could do anything," said Leonard Links.

For three years and 10 weeks Links served in the Vietnam War. He returned to his wife and two children after.

"I shoved everything in a big hole and kept it covered up and kept it covered up," Links said.

However, some things that triggered his anxiety and panic attacks were out of his control, and over time those memories returned.

The U.S. Department of Veterans affairs cautions those celebrating the Fourth of July with fireworks, because it could spark unwelcome emotions for some war veterans.

"What happens is during a war and it doesn't matter which one it is you learn to survive by sound," Links said.

Emotional reactions to loud noises, for veterans and non-veterans can be common according to Medical Specialist Del Camp.

"What you find is people make it through combat situations because they really learn well the things to be careful of, and those are hard to extinguish because their closely tied to our sense of survival," Camp said.

Experts say the condition isn't exclusive to combat veterans. Eight out of every 100 people suffer from PTSD in the U.S. according to the U.S.. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Joplin Veterans Ministry : https://www.facebook.com/CompassQuest

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