Army Sergeant Daniel Somers was a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was part of Task Force Lightning, an intelligence unit. In 2004 – 2005, he was mainly assigned to a Tactical Human-Intelligence Team (THT) in Baghdad, Iraq, where he ran more than 400 combat missions as a Machine Gunner in the turret of a Humvee, interviewed countless Iraqis ranging from concerned citizens to community leaders and government officials, and interrogated dozens of insurgents and terrorist suspects.
In 2006 – 2007, Daniel worked with Joint Special Operations Command through his former unit in Mosul where he ran the Northern Iraq Intelligence Center. His official role was as a senior analyst for the Levant (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel and part of Turkey).
Daniel suffered greatly from PTSD and had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI), and several other war-related conditions. On June 10, 2013, Daniel wrote a letter to his family before taking his life, “I am sorry that it was come to this.” A soldier’s last words.
SGT Daniel Somers lost his battle with PTSD, June 10, 2013. He was 30 years old.