TRACY (KCBS) – The father of a soldier from Tracy, who apparently took his own life on a military base in Afghanistan, wants the military to do more to help returning vets cope with the atrocities they see in war.

David Senft had seen combat four times, serving two tours in Iraq and two more in Afghanistan. His father, who is also named David, says he first noticed a change after his son witnessed a Blackhawk crash during his first deployment.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

“I assumed that he was going to get some sort of grief treatment over there, but it turns out he didn’t get anything,” said Senft. “He was basically told to ‘suck it up soldier,’ and get back on with the mission.”

The younger Senft was found one morning last November inside an SUV on a base in Kandahar, dead from a gunshot wound. He was clutching an M4 rifle.

His father, a military contractor who had worked on the very same base, says that even though the investigations are still incomplete, the truth is painfully clear.

“The trajectory of the wound, and the position of the M4 rifle that he was holding, it would have been very difficult for somebody to stage that,” said Senft.

The staff sergeant was buried at Arlington National Cemetery last month. His father hopes the case will spur changes so that returning vets get the help they need.

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Comments (6)
  1. mscott says:

    maybe if his son weren’t off killing innocent Afghan kids he wouldn’t have been so depressed.

    1. CAT says:

      You are one clue less SOB….did you ever think that perhaps he witnessed his friends deaths…..I am finding it difficult to believe that people like you still exist in today’s society.

      1. mscott says:

        yep and his friends were over there killing innocent women and children too. your point? mine is if they had some education and something better to do than to join the military maybe they wouldn’t be so depressed.

    2. wasabi says:

      “Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die.”

      Your blame and ignorant remarks are misplaced, I’m afraid.

    3. Lynnette says:

      Are you serious? I cannot believe the comments I am reading! I am a veteran and the mother of David’s son. I am also a college graduate! How dare you you claim soldiers to be ignorant or murderers! If it were not for the soldiers of this great nation fighting for our freedom, you would not have the freedom to speak such garbage. Shame on you!

  2. Mary Moses says:

    It is war, not a picnic or lost and found…..these brave soldiers did not ask for this….they serve the country that they love and at the request of the Commander In Chief…

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