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Tessa Riggio

2016, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Tessa Riggio

Tessa Riggio

Name of Host Organization: Public Law Center
City, State: Santa Ana, California
Issue area: Veterans' Rights
Sponsors: AmeriCorps, Public Law Center

The Project

Provide legal services and advise to low-income and homeless veterans who are faced with any civil legal issue.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
The project assists veterans on civil legal issues, focusing on eradicating barriers to obtaining employment, finding and remaining in safe housing, and gaining access to quality healthcare and public benefits. These needs are addressed by providing assistance with VA compensation benefits claims as well as public benefits, seeking discharge upgrades, assisting with eviction defense and other housing issues, and assisting with expungements.
The Right Person For This Project
Tessa is the right person for this project because:
• She has a personal interest, respect, and obligation to serve those who served us
• She has the opportunity to be an advocate for each client, whether at risk of eviction, needing to secure public benefits, or any other civil legal issue he or she may encounter
• She has a passion for public interest work