Veterans Fight Enemies in War, Face Foes at Home

November 11, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 4:37 PM EDT

By John Borsa

November 11, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 4:37 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The stress of war and the return to civilian life has taken its toll on a soldier from the Southtowns.

He asked us not to give his name or show his face.

"You have good days and bad days. Some days you wake up and everything is great. Then there's days you wake up and you're already in a bad mood when you wake up. You don't know why," he said.

He has been two war twice. First to Iraq, then to Afghanistan.

After his first deployment overseas, he returned with symptoms of PTSD, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Veterans are suffering at an alarming rate. New government figures released this month show that one in five suicides in the U.S. involves a veteran. Last year, 8,000 veterans killed themselves.

"I can laugh but not like I used to. If I watch a stand-up comedian and something is funny, my wife will be dying and I'm like, yeah, that's funny. Your lack of emotions are probably more suppressed," the soldier said.