"We're Vietnam veterans, we don't have so much longer. Everyday someone is dying," he said. "With all of the things we've been through, why is the government putting us off? It didn't put us off when we were drafted."
Katie Erskine works to teach veterans in Monroe, Clay and Greenbrier Counties about how health care will change under the Affordable Care Act.
She said the most important thing to know is that health coverage received through the VA does count as insurance coverage for the purposes of the ACA's insurance mandate, so nothing has to change for veterans who are currently covered or eligible for coverage.
But children and spouses of veterans will need to get insurance if they don't already have it, either through the state's Medicaid expansion, or from private insurance purchased on the state exchange.
Thompson will hold four more "listening tour" events. They will be:
* Today at 1 p.m. at American Legion Post 177, 6024 U.S. 60 East in Barboursville.
* Sept. 18 at 5 p.m. at VFW Post 673, 430 West Pike St., in Clarksburg.
* Sept. 19 at 4 p.m. at American Legion Post 14, 125 West Race St., in Martinsburg.
* Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. at American Legion Post 3, 800 1st St., in Moundsville.
Veterans, veterans' organizations and military families are encouraged to attend.
Reach David Gutman at david.gut...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5119.