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Poll: Veterans reject Koch brother’s push to privatize VA health care

A poll released just before Veterans Day shows veterans don’t support the push by Concerned Veterans for America, a Koch brothers front group, to private the VA health care.

CVA is pressing the Republican candidates for president to take up its call to replace the VA health care system with a voucher system.

The poll released on Nov. 10 and published in the Military Times shows two-thirds of veterans surveyed oppose a voucher system.

The poll also showed that 57 percent of veterans surveyed would be less likely to support a candidate who backed “privatizing the VA health care system.”

The poll was conducted for Vet Voice Foundation by Lake Research Partners and Chesapeake Beach Consulting, with a goal of having bipartisan results.

The survey found a majority of veterans opposed to privatization, regardless of party, age, or branch of military.

Carthage College to host gay military chaplain Nov. 9-11

Carthage College will welcome high-ranking military chaplain Col. Karis Graham-Oliphant to campus for a series of public events Nov. 9-11.

At 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 10 in the Campbell Student Union auditorium, Graham-Oliphant will give a talk titled, “Why Fit In, When You’re Meant To Stand Out?”

The union is located at the south end of the Carthage campus, 2001 Alford Park Drive, Kenosha.

This event is free to attend and open to the public.

Graham-Oliphant serves in the Air Force Reserve as an individual mobilization augmentee to the chief, personnel, budget and readiness office of the chief of chaplains at the Pentagon.

Previously, Graham-Oliphant served as part of the honor guard as a chaplain at Arlington National Cemetery and chaplain for the 501st Combat Support Wing in the United Kingdom. She completed a doctorate in psychology and used her mental health training at camps in Iraq for several years. She is also a career civil servant with the U.S. Agency for International Development, in its Middle East Bureau.

Besides sessions with student groups, two other public events are scheduled during her visit.

She’ll participate in a talk-back session after a performance of “Afghanistan/Wisconsin: A Carthage Verbatim Theatre Project” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 in the Kenosha Public Museum, 5500 1st Ave. Her thoughts and personal trials are portrayed in the play written by Carthage student Laurel McKenzie. Admission is free, but a $15 donation to veterans’ service organizations is suggested.

In a talk during the Nov. 10 campus chapel service, she’ll share how she experiences God’s goodness and how faith brought her through difficult experiences. The service is held at 11:40 a.m. in the A. F. Siebert Chapel.

Veterans Day is Nov. 11.