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For some vets, fireworks are no celebration

Firworks on display at a TNT Fireworks stand in Inglewood, California on July 3, 2017.
Firworks on display at a TNT Fireworks stand in Inglewood, California on July 3, 2017.
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The patriotism of military veterans is part of what we celebrate when we set off fireworks on the Fourth of July. But for some vets that noise is no celebration.

Combat veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can suffer symptoms like rapid heartbeat or feel like they are re-experiencing their original trauma, according to research.