Yet we have to realize, like any health care plan, TRICARE has various requirements and sometimes people either lose coverage or experience gaps in services based on eligibility standards.We must also remember that a significant number of Veterans fall into that low income category as defined by the private option, specifically our National Guard and Reservist because when they end their National Guard and Reserve service they often have limited to no access to military-sponsored benefits. Let us also not forget about the family members of Veterans and National Guard and Reservists who upon the service member’s return or exit from the military are left to fend for themselves like everyone else. A sad statement but true statement! Our state and this country has shown in recent years that it truly supports our women and men who fight wars abroad and win the peace here at home. During this Legislative Session, it is important for lawmakers to remember that supporting military families is about more than just yellow-ribbon car magnets and red, white, and blue wristbands, or lastly a proclamation of support. Award ceremonies and banquets to honor our men and women in uniform are helpful, but those events don’t have the same impact as concerted action that meets an important need. Preserving the private option is a tangible way of improving the lives of some service members and their families. Partisan politics should not win over practical problem solving.