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Kate Richardson

Kate Richardson

Swords to Plowshares
Legal Director
San Francisco, CA, USA


Kate Richardson is the Legal Director at Swords to Plowshares, a community-based non-profit organization that provides case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to homeless and low-income veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. As Legal Director, Kate oversees the legal services unit and pro bono program, which provide free legal assistance to veterans in their VA benefits claims and military discharge upgrade applications. Her experience in disability rights work includes direct services, policy advocacy, and community lawyering approaches. Prior to joining Swords to Plowshares, she worked on access to justice issues at an international legal empowerment organization. She holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the State Bar of California.
Kate Richardson is associated with the following items:
Course Handbooks  Course Handbooks Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2018
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Home Loan Guaranty, VA Guaranteed Loan - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2018, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
VA Accreditation FAQ, How to Apply for VA Accreditation as an Attorney or Claims Agent - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2018, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities (PowerPoint slides) - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2018, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Home Loan Guaranty, Homeless Shelter Program - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2018, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Dependents and Survivors, Burial and Plot Interment Allowance - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2018, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Underserved: How the VA Wrongfully Excludes Veterans with Bad Paper, March 2016 - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2018, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Life Insurance, Veterans Group Life Insurance - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2018, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Education and Training, Post-9/11 GI Bill: Factors to Consider - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2018, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Health Programs for Veterans, Veterans Health Administration - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2018, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Eligibility Determination, VHA Directive 1601A.02, Department of Veteran Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (Amended on July 27, 2017) - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2018, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Claims for VA Benefits and Character of Discharge, General Information - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2018, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
VA Benefit Fact Sheet—Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services, Education and Career Counseling - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2018, Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities - Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2018, Thursday, November 15, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities - Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities, Thursday, November 15, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities - Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities, Thursday, November 15, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities - Introduction to Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities, Thursday, November 15, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Advocating for Veterans: The Basics on VA Benefits, Discharge Upgrades and Veteran Cultural Competency 2018, Thursday, November 22, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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