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Karin Nordstrom

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Karin Nordstrom

Karin Nordstrom

Name of Host Organization: Legal Aid Society of Columbus
City, State: Columbus, Ohio
Issue area: Veterans' Rights
Sponsors: Procter & Gamble Co., Jones Day

The Project

Restore vulnerable veterans’ rights to VA resources through direct representation of discharge upgrades/VA benefits applications and strengthen ties between the legal and veteran’s community.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
This fellowship will open barriers to VA benefits through legal assistance on applications and appeals for VA benefits and discharge upgrade claims. It will also work to build the legal infrastructure in Columbus to better support Columbus veterans through training and outreach.
The Right Person For This Project
Karin is the right person for the project because:
• She is passionate about giving back to America’s veterans
• She has the organizational skills to manage cases as well as conduct needed outreach and education
• She prioritizes relationship building with community partners
Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship
In the first six months, Karin Nordstrom will:
• Obtain VA certification.
• Represent two VA benefits cases and three discharge upgrade cases
• Reach out to organizations serving Columbus veterans and collaborate on outreach and education strategies
• Reach out to potential pro bono partners