Military.com highlights RIP Medical Debt: "For thousands of veterans and family members, the mailings, which have been going out since 2016, have been the winning ticket for getting out from under a mountain of medical bills."

‘Veterans Receive Golden ‘Tickets’ Canceling Their Medical Debt’

Military.com has published an excellent piece highlighting RIP Medical Debt: The headline: “Veterans Receive Golden ‘Tickets’ Canceling Their Medical Debt.”


For more on RIP Medical Debt’s yellow envelopes, see: How a Yellow Envelope Erased $1.5M in Medical Debt


Excerpts from Military.com:

“It sounds crazy and looks like a scam: a golden envelope containing a letter that says part or all of your health care debt has been erased.”

“But for thousands of veterans and family members, the mailings, which have been going out since 2016, have been the winning ticket for getting out from under a mountain of medical bills.”

“In the past three years, RIP Medical Debt has quietly erased roughly $65 million worth of medical debt for veterans, family members, National Guard and reserve members, notifying them by mail of the action, according to retired Army Col. Mikel Burroughs, vice president of military and civilian debt acquisition and relief at RIP Medical Debt.”

“The idea began when two collections industry executives, Craig Antico and Jerry Ashton, decided to establish a nonprofit to provide a tax-deductible means for individuals and donors to give money to forgive unpaid medical debt for those in dire need.”

The piece continues:

“Burroughs, who runs the veterans program at RIP, also is a donor. He will ride 7,727 miles this summer on his motorcycle to raise awareness and funds for the cause. His goal of $50,000 will help clear $5 million in debt.”

“In addition to working with debt holders, RIP Medical Debt officials have started reaching out directly to hospitals, physician groups and ambulance companies to offer their services. But they’d like to hear from them as well, Burroughs said.”

For more information on the issues surrounding medical debt, please contact RIP Medical Debt.