Amanda Pertusati

  • Hosted by Public Law Center
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps, Public Law Center
  • Service location Santa Ana, California
  • Issue area Veterans' Rights
  • Fellowship class year 2015
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

The overall goal of Operation Veteran’s Re-entry is to eradicate barriers to employment, housing, healthcare, and benefits to homeless and at-risk of being homeless veterans. Amanda’s project will focus on Veteran’s Administration compensation benefits and pension claims, as well as discharge upgrades. Amanda also works on claims pending before the Social Security Administration, expungements of criminal records, and other civil legal matters.

Fellowship Highlights

During Amanda’s Fellowship, Amanda:

  • Assisted 219 veterans with civil legal matters
  • Helped veterans receive over $500,000 in benefits and back pay from the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Had 2 successful discharge upgrades
  • Had 2 successful expungements of criminal records
  • Has appeared in 5 VA administrative hearings, as well several times in the Superior Court of California
  • Appear in court or an administrative hearing at least 3 more times
  • Submit 20 or more claims to the Veterans Administration, Discharge Review Board, or the court
  • Continue to learn other areas of civil law


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