North Carolina Republicans plan to launch a veterans task force Thursday, joining GOP organizations in other battleground states in a new effort to mobilize the veteran vote.
North Carolina was home to more than 775,000 veterans in 2014, according to one veterans group.
The GOP Vets Task Force will be headed by a handful of Republican legislators, including Rep. Craig Horn of Weddington.
Similar groups have launched in New Hampshire and other battleground states. The groups are designed to engage and mobilize veterans over defense and other issues.
“Gov. (Pat) McCrory has made it an absolute priority from day one to … show that North Carolina is a military-friendly state,” N.C. GOP Chairman Robin Hayes said. “This is now time for veterans to understand that they’re a high priority for us.
“This is another appropriate step, given the lack of attention coming out of Washington, that we send a very strong signal where vets are on our priority list. And they’re right at the top.”