Dublin VA offers tips on how to celebrate July 4th with veterans

"You're in that situation repeatedly, and so when you heard something that sounds like a gun shot that meant you needed to prepare yourself."
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DUBLIN, Ga (41NBC/WMGT)- The Dublin VA Hospital is offering tips on how to celebrate Independence Day with veterans who may deal with PTSD.

Clyde Anderson is a supervisor of Psychologist at the Dublin VA. He says PTSD is often triggered by loud noises that can set off a veteran’s fight or flight reflexes.

“You’re in that situation repeatedly, and so when you heard something that sounds like a gun shot that meant you needed to prepare yourself and defend yourself and the people that you’re with,” said Anderson.

Anderson said the best approach is asking a veteran what they’re comfortable with doing, and then adjust the celebration.

 

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