Veterans fought for us, and North Carolina must do as much as possible to care for them. But more than 14,000 of our vets are caught without insurance in what’s known as the health care coverage gap. N.C. veterans in the coverage gap are the fifth-highest number of uninsured veterans in the country.

Abandoning our vets, after their faithful service to us, is wrong. Fortunately, there are signs the General Assembly is poised to help. Now, with the legislative short session underway, we need your support to get over the goal line.

Jim Hoffman is founder and president of American Heroes for North Carolina, a Guilford County-based organization that seeks to promotes the interests of veterans and to make the Triad area a welcoming place for veterans by educating the community about the importance of supporting our veterans and by educating veterans about their post-military opportunities. Hoffman served in the Army during the 1980s and was honorably discharged as a major.

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