2013 Equal Justice Works Fellow, Amanda Sejba

Amanda Sejba

City, State: Plantation, Florida
Issue area: Veterans' Rights
Sponsors: Greenberg Traurig, LLP; The Florida Bar Foundation; The Florida Bar

The Project

Amanda is establishing a medical-legal partnership and providing legal advocacy and representation to Broward County veterans and military personnel to assist them in obtaining economic stability.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project: 
Florida has the third largest veteran population in the US and Broward County has the second highest veteran population in Florida, with approximately 109,450 veterans. Broward County lacks an existing free civil legal program that identifies and focuses on the unique legal needs of disabled veterans. The goal of this “Path to Economic Stability” project is to facilitate a Medical-Legal Partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs to assist disabled veterans and military personnel in obtaining economic benefits.
Highlights to Date: 
In the first year, Amanda has:
• Provided legal assistance and referrals to 250 veterans
• Provided direct representation to 50 veterans
• Hosted educational workshops for service providers on common issues veterans face when returning from combat
• Presented know-your-rights seminars to veterans incarcerated in federal prison to help facilitate smooth reentry after release
What's Next: 
In the next year, Amanda plans to:
• Identify areas of high concern to veterans and coordinate with the VA clinic to host workshops to educate veterans in these areas
• Recruit additional pro bono attorneys to assist veterans in areas of the law in which veterans need the most assistance
• Work on expanding the project to other local VA outpatient clinics
• Continue providing direct representation, education, and outreach to veterans

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