Nadel Barrett

The Project

The goal of the Veterans Project is to provide civil legal aid services to veterans whose income is less than 200% of the federal poverty level. Veterans frequently face barriers to housing, employment and income maintenance due to prior convictions, accessibility to public benefits, and lack of knowledge about rights or responsibilities. Some cases the Veterans Project has handled include child support modifications, negotiations, initial benefits applications, representation in housing issues, and some criminal record vacating. I’ve also connected with

One of the collateral duties I served in the Navy was as a division career counselor. It was a lot like lawyering and social work. I interviewed peers about their goals, researched opportunities, and matched peers with opportunities which would help them reach their goals. I do feel as if my status as a veteran has helped me connect with clients because we understand the same language and have experienced the same culture, regardless of other traits in our backgrounds.

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. This project is important because it provides veterans the opportunity to receive the benefits and healthcare that they have deserved through their military service. Additionally, it allows for veterans to have an advocate who is fighting for their individual needs. The project will focus on Veteran’s Administration compensation benefits and pension claims, as well as discharge upgrades. The project will conduct legal intakes, evaluate cases, and provide counsel and advice, as well as direct representation.

Fellowship Highlights

Amanda filed several claims for Veteran’s Administration compensation benefits and pensions, submitted two discharge upgrades to the Discharge Review Board or the Board of Military Corrections, conducted legal intakes, and provided counsel and advice.