Conflict & Justice

Why PTSD Sufferers Dread July 4th Fireworks

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Fireworks to celebrate Independence Day one day ahead are seen in Union Beach, New Jersey. July 3, 2013. (Photo: REUTERS/ Eric Thayer.)

For those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, July 4th can be a frightening reminder of their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Anchor Marco Werman speaks with journalist Hannah Allam who reported from Iraq and is now the foreign affairs correspondent for McClatchy newspapers in Washington DC.