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About Veteran’s Medical Debt
Unforeseen medical events can devastate the personal finances of veterans and their families. GiveForward, for example, estimates that 1.3 million uninsured vets in the USA have out-of-pocket medical expenses exceeding their disposable incomes.
Many Americans, and even vets and active duty personnel, think that the Veterans Health Administration (VA) covers all medical costs. Not so, as some things such as certain ambulance and emergency services are not covered.
Worse yet, veterans may suffer long-term health issues that outlast their benefits from the VA. The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) reports that almost half of all returning vets have PTSD diagnoses. Add onto this the stress of low-paying jobs or unemployment may precipitate health crises, and ensuing medical debt piles.
Medical debt is considered a causal or contributing factor to bankruptcies and suicides among veterans. The tragic reality of veterans’ medical debt is a national disgrace.
About RIP Medical Debt
RIP is the cure for medical debt.
Registered as a 501(C)(3) non-profit charity, RIP launched in 2014 to address the growing problem of medical debt in the general U.S. population.
RIP gained national attention in 2016 by forgiving almost $15 million in medical debt on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, climaxing a scorching segment on debt buyers and collectors.
As of September 16, 2021 RIP Medical Debt has abolished over $5 Billion dollars and healthcare debt, and helped over 2,884,125 indivivuals across the country and continues to grow... Over $100 Million for Veterans and their families
How the organization supports veterans
By the end of 2020, RIP had located, purchased and abolished $100M in unpaid medical bill for veterans. The charity also hosted a major Veteran Medical Debt summit in NYC to bring together military and civilian leaders to learn about the problem and work together to hammer out solutions. Real solutions, not gestures.
Stay tuned in with Colonel (Ret) Mikel Burroughs on his 4th annual "RIPRIDE4Vets 2022!" Information coming in January 2022 for this big 10,000 mile Western part of the United States fundraiser to abolish healthcare debt for veterans and their families.
How to get involved or get help
Go to our healthcare webiste for more information:
RIPRIDE4Vets 2021 - 32 states, 20 days, and over 10,005 miles raising over $30,000 to support the abolishment of over $3,000,000.00 in veterans debt. More information on the RIPRIDE4Vets 2022 comin soon to the West Coast!
RIP Medical Debt is not limited by geography. We locate, buy and abolish medical debt across the USA. If any person or group would like to learn more about our work and how we can partner with them for a common good, simply visit our website at RIPMedicalDebt.org or write Mikel Burroughs directly by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org