Jerry is the CEO and Founder of Let's Rethink This. He arrives at that position from his key role in co-founding one of America’s fastest-growing and most impactful charities, RIP Medical Debt. In the seven short years in RIP’s existence since its founding in 2014, it has raised enough funds to enable it to purchase – and forgive – over $4 billion in unpayable medical debt to positively affect the lives of over 2.5 million Americans. It is positioned to double that success by the end of 2022.
Jerry came out of retirement to duplicate in LRT the “lightning in a bottle” success enjoyed by RIP. Starting by pulling together the LRT co-creators with a similar track record in bring dreams into reality. Three words drive our work: “searchlight,” “spotlight” and “ignite.” By way of that formula, we will find the yet-to-be-discovered people and organizations that are developing innovative solutions to today’s problems. If we do our job right - and we will - LRT will achieve its goal of achieving $1 billion in powerful and measurable social and economic impact through these collective efforts.
Cary is Let's Rethink This’s Broadcast and Media Reach Director and co-developer of upcoming educational programs. Cary is an award-Winning Radio Host and founder of VIPwebinars.org which is based on his years in Public Radio
As Let's Rethink This’s Marketing Director, Phaedra is responsible for managing our initiatives, she oversees the design and production of our promotional materials as well as structuring and managing the marketing campaigns of our clients and their campaigns.
Joel is Let's Rethink This’s technology director and project manager for LRT’s web presence and community ecology platform. He oversees the building of communities or families around impact issues, while also aggregating content for LRT’s monthly newsletter.
Della brings editorial skills to LetsRethinkThis with over a decade in media relations ranging from strategic communication for international relations within the US Air Force Reserve to mass media productions at NASCAR. Curating such brands as the Charlotte Hornets NBA team, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, SC, and Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, and local NC community brands as well. She holds several degrees in Mass Communications, International Business, Global Supply Chain Management, Business and Air Transportation.
A Special Warfare veteran and anthropological / social researcher. John writes about the nuances of information warfare and counterinsurgency (his most recent two publications discuss a Psyop and COIN -style breakdown of the riots, and recommendations for police reform, published several months ago). He's served in Iraq (via the US Army) and Afghanistan (via the DoD) in various capacities, with an emphasis on understanding the nuances of culture, people and how to effectively engage with them.
We are honored at the advent of #EndVetMedDebt to have three veterans who have stepped up to add their voice to this campaign which intends to catch the attention of those who need to know what is really happening in the healthcare experiences of current and former servicemen and women.
A Vietnam combat veteran with Bravo Co, 1st/127th Wolfhounds 25th I.D. from Dec. 1967 - Dec. 1968. He is currently President of the PTSD Veterans Association of Northport, Inc., Northport, NY which organization serves to assist fellow veterans who are going through or who have graduated from the 90-day Residential PTSD Program at the VAMC, Northport and general advocacy for all veterans in the Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island, NY. He was “conscripted” in June 2017 by Jerry Ashton, Navy veteran and co-founder of the 501(c)(3) charity RIP Medical Debt to help launch a veteran specific program to locate and forgive unpaid vet med debt. To date, this has resulted in over $75 million in such debt being abolished and credit reestablished.
This Lt.Col (ret.) US Army veteran entered the service as a private before receiving his commission at OCS, Fort Sill,OK. After a stint in Germany and then schooling as an artillery officer he was deployed to Vietnam as an advisor to a Vietnamese artillery unit. His second tour was with the U.S. unit, Americal. After several stateside assignments he was then sent to South Korea to command a special unit. He retired in 1987 from his work at the Defense Nuclear Agency. From that point forward he has focused on assisting veterans and their family members and is a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization. “Today, I'm still assisting veterans and their family members obtain benefits that they so rightly deserve based upon injuries, wounds and illnesses incurred during their active military service to the Nation. The VA does not readily grant compensation to these matters and so often disability is granted several years later for a wide range of reasons.”
Kenneth James (#SemperFiedArtist). This Marine served from 1982 – 1985 and reached the rank of Corporal. He served in infantry in the Philippines and completed service aboard the USS Inchon (LPH-12) amphibious assault carrier. Now on service-connected disability, “My ‘Complex PTSD’ problems caught up with me” he says, acknowledging a tough life which included 10 years on skid row in Los Angeles. Propelled by the encouragement of an advisor at Pasadena City College who recommended art classes to “double as therapy,” gave him purpose and hope. Out of this has come his artwork, “Suicide Bridge – Not on My Watch” to greet visitors to our site. More of his work can be found at https://1-kenneth-james.pixels.com/
A French citizen residing legally in the U.S. as a resident alien since 1988, Patrick is a respected videographer and image-maker whose talents have been put to work by Sotheby’s and freelance for various high-end magazines. Along the way, he became an ardent student and chronicler of American political and social movements. He covered the Occupy Wall Street movement (“I have some remarkable footage”), Bernie Sanders, the Women’s Movement, BLM and after connecting with Jerry Ashton began to focus on healthcare issues and its “unbelievable costs unheard of in my native country.” He covered RIP Medical Debt’s first and third medical debt summits, the unique “Veterans Healthcare” summit held at the RIP Medical Debt offices in NYC on November 10, 2017 and the Veterans’ Day Parade the following day. He has filmed various veterans’ events since, causing him to become singularly concerned by the plight of medical debt burden carried by current and former service men and women. When asked about this interest, his answer is, “Because I live in America. I’m part of it.” These efforts are essential to his “The Collective Dreams Project” in which he also concerns himself with the New York Healthcare Act.