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Kirk Stadnika

2016, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Kirk Stadnika

Kirk Stadnika

Name of Host Organization: Northeast New Jersey Legal Services
City, State: Jersey City , New Jersey
Issue area: Veterans' Rights
Sponsors: AmeriCorps, Northeast New Jersey Legal Services

The Project

Provide low-income and homeless veterans with access to quality legal representation and advice to address civil legal issues that impact their health, income, housing and family stability.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
The Project addresses VA Determinations To Deny Service-Connected Disability Benefits and VA Determinations To Award Partial Service-Connected Disability Benefits At A Lower Percentage. The program also provides advice and representation for public benefits, housing, consumer, and employment (i.e. expungement matters).
The Right Person For This Project
Kirk is the right person for the project because:
• He has experience working with homeless veterans
• He understands the challenges this community faces
• He has the ability to roll up his sleeves and advocate on a variety of legal issues whether it is dealing with a slow-moving bureaucracy or walking into court with little time to prepare, such as landlord/tenant court