John Matisonn | A cry for help from America's soldiers

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U.S. troops from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division wait at Green Ramp before they head out for a deployment to the Middle East on January 4, 2020 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
U.S. troops from the Army's 82nd Airborne Division wait at Green Ramp before they head out for a deployment to the Middle East on January 4, 2020 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
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While suicide of American civilians has risen, veterans have far higher rates in all age groups compared to the adult US population, writes John Matisonn

On Thursday, 11 November, the US commemorated the service of its soldiers on Veterans Day, first declared a national holiday in 1926, eight years after World War I.

President Joe Biden made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, ending with his standard exhortation: "God protect our troops." 

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