Redeployed after two suicide attempts, Army investigating possible suicide

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Veterans SuicideStaff Sgt. David Senft tried to commit suicide twice but he was redeployed anyway. Now he is gone and the Army is investigating his death. Maybe a good place to start is with the person who decided he should go back to combat no matter what was going on with him? Why they keep doing this is a mystery but they do it all the time. They send them back with bullets and pills. Is it that they hope for the best while ignoring the possibility of the worse that could happen? Or is it because they want as many days out of them as possible?

101st Airborne soldier’s death baffles dad

Army investigating possible suicide

BY JAKE LOWARY • THE LEAF-CHRONICLE • NOVEMBER 26, 2010

Staff Sgt. David Senft, 27, was found Nov. 15 in an SUV inside Kandahar Airfield with a single gunshot wound to the head.

The military said he died from a “non-combat related incident,” and the results of a pending investigation have not been released.

According to the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division, there is an “open and ongoing” investigation into Senft’s death, but there’s no time frame for the investigation’s completion.

His father, also named David, has yet to get an clear explanation why his son and door gunner with the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade died, and if indeed it was a suicide like it appears to be at a distance.

“There is a possibility of (suicide), yes,” he said Tuesday from his home in California.

Senft said the military has been very tight-lipped about what happened to his son, whom Senft raised single-handedly his entire life along with two other children.

Senft said his son had struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts before. His son tried to commit suicide twice and had been treated at Western State Hospital in Hopkinsville twice, he said.

Senft said that despite bouts with depression, his son was still deployed to Afghanistan even though he didn’t want to go and believed his military records would have indicated his mental instability.

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101st Airborne soldier’s death baffles dad
The Tennessean

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