Rethinking the VA's "Discretionary" Authority

By: Jerry Ashton
Apr 8, 2022
Tags: News

Cary Harrison interviews Jerry Ashton about how our military veterans are burdened by medical debt.
Jerry discusses the problem with how Veterans Affairs processes claims, veteran homelessness, and veteran suicide.
Hear the solutions to the VA's discretionary authority and how veteran medical debt could be forgiven. #EndVetMedDebt

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Jerry Ashton

Jerry Ashton walked into Occupy Wall Street in 2011 as a debt collector, and walked out of that experience two years later as a debt forgiver – literally rethinking his profession to co-found RIP Medical Debt in 2014 to reverse the ills caused by that industry. Six years later at the time of his retirement, his charity had successfully abolished over $2.7 billion in unpayable medical debt for over 1,800,000 Americans across the U.S. As of this writing, the total debt abolished is over $5 billion over almost 4 million people.

Jerry founded Let's Rethink This in late 2020 with the intention of seeing that lightning can strike twice. This time as a “B” Corp and not a charity, Jerry and his co-creators intend to bring about $1 billion in social and economic good this time through a unique Searchlight/Spotlight/Ignite model.

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