-- This 4th of July weekend, many Americans will celebrate by lighting their own fireworks.
"Not just for veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder, [but] even for veterans who maybe were deployed and didn't develop PTSD." "When something like a firework goes off and you're particularly not expecting it, that flight, fight, freeze response can be gigantic and it feels like the situation is life and death, even if in their head they know logically, 'okay it's a firework,'" said Rielage.
She has talked to many veterans who decide to get out of town for the 4th every year.
They try to find somewhere quiet, and far away from anyone who will be lighting off fireworks.
She says veterans can also wear noise-cancelling headphones if they know they are close to where some fireworks will be going off.