Fourth of July, the time to celebrate the independence of the United States of America from British rule. Fireworks light the night sky and shout to the heavens the celebration of a nation. However, for some, July 4 is hard to celebrate, especially some veterans with combat experience. While they fought to help keep the USA’s independence, some carry scars normal people can’t see.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)is a mental health problem that can only develop after you go through or see a life-threatening event. For some combat veterans, the sound of fireworks reminds them of war-time and bombs falling from the sky.

The fireworks of today have developed to create louder booms that can be heard for miles as compared to the novelty firework items of earlier times (i.e. bottle rockets, sparklers, smoke balls).

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times and Leader-Courier.