22 April 2024

House of Prayer, Accused of Bilking Veterans Out of Millions, Said to Be Stonewalling Investigation

Federal prosecutors say a church accused of scamming veterans out of millions of dollars’ worth of benefits is stalling an investigation and should be held in contempt of court and fined. House of Prayer, which has locations across Georgia, Texas, North Carolina and Washington state, has effecti...

March 16, 2024

The War on Recovery, Part 1: How the U.S. Sidelines Methadone and Buprenorphine

“Outdated views, combined with stigma around treatments for opioid use disorder, combined with the challenging regulatory environment, are leading to a situation where people just aren’t getting evidence-based care,” said Jesse Ehrenfeld, an anesthesiologist and president of the American Medical ...

June 06, 2023

North Carolina Church Debt Jubilee Retires Millions in Medical Debt — Can Veterans Everywhere be Next?

I find it amazing — and deeply gratifying — each and every time a person or organization becomes aware of, and then puts to work for their community the charity (RIP Medical Debt) I helped bring into existence. The Trinity Moravian Church in Winston-Salem NC is the latest to do just that — with ...

May 29, 2023

“I’ll Donate to That!” In Memorium, Larry Rivkin WWII Veteran and Friend

Larry devoted his own safety and future to salvage lives by flying extremely dangerous covert missions over occupied France during WWII. Decades later on this Memorial Day, that spirit is still there and making that caring difference. Years back when I was first struggling in my fundraising role...

May 29, 2023

My Long Road to Seeing Veteran Medical Debt Owed Through the VA Forgiven

In early January 2018 I wrote a Huffington Post piece about my previous November’s experience in marching in NYC’s famed Veteran’s Day Parade – and my discomfort with parade goers who shook my hand saying, “Thank you for your service.” They mean well and the sentiments are authentic, but a key el...

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