“We’re seeing PTSD come out 50 years later for Vietnam veterans. Never had any problems, and then all of a sudden some incident will bring it out,” said Margolius. “Those who have been through combat, who have heard all the loud noises and so forth, it just brings that back to them,” said Margolius. Even for veterans who haven’t been formally diagnosed with PTSD, it only takes one sound to cause a trigger. The Southern Tier Veterans Support Group says there are about 14,000 veterans in Broome County, and about 100,000 veterans across the entire Southern Tier. “If their neighbors are shooting off fireworks, they’ll try to hide in the basement or something like that. Put in earplugs, or listen to loud music,” said Margolius. For veterans living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a firework setting off can have triggering effects. “I know a number of veterans who not only have PTSD, but are very, very skiddish about fireworks,” said Southern Tier Veterans Support Group President Ben Margolius. According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 30 percent of Vietnam veterans experience PTSD at some point during their lifetime. Veterans in the Gulf War are at about 12 percent. (WBNG) — On the holiday meant to celebrate America’s freedom, it can often be a terrifying experience for those who fought for that same freedom. Fireworks are often the stars of the show on the Fourth of July, but for veterans, it can be a nightmare.