Legal Connection: Military Matters
In concert with KCMBF’s mission to deliver legal services, Legal Connection: Military Matters is working to become a front line provider of legal and other support services that Kansas City area veterans and active duty military personnel are currently unable to access.
KCMBF is collaborating with support agencies serving veterans in the area to identify the most needed legal services and provide assistance to those who do not quality for aid from other agencies. Our partners include the Kansas City VA, United Way of Greater Kansas City, Legal Aid of Western Missouri and Kansas Legal Services.
Nearly 32,000 veterans reside in the greater Kansas City metro area. Legal assistance ranks third in unmet needs of veterans, according to the VA. As veterans make the transition from military life to civilian life they encounter complex issues including: denial of disability benefits, lack of access to housing due to eviction or foreclosure, child support arrears and the inability to secure and maintain employment. Some are in need of guardianship. More often than not they do not realize the legality of these issues and it is this lack of knowledge that too often creates insignificant instability in their lives.
For more information, go to kclegalconnection.org
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How You Can Support Military Matters
Volunteer—Make A Difference
Join our Pro Bono Referral Network – Our goal is to help fill the gap in legal assistance available to veterans in our service area. Our community partners have limited resources and staff available to meet the need. They call upon us to assist in their efforts.
Participate in Veteran Fairs and Legal Clinics – Throughout the year, KCMBF participates in a variety of Veterans Fairs throughout the metropolitan area. KCMBF also hosts legal assistance seminars to provide basic information on the most need legal services that veterans face.
To join our Pro Bono Referral Network or to volunteer for future events, please contact Foundation Director, Patsy Rutherford at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-474-4322.
For more information, go to kclegalconnection.org.
Donate – Change Lives
Your donation will provide a way for Military Matters to continue to grow and serve more veterans in our community. From providing funds for filing fees, expert testimony and other court fees to helping provide materials to train attorneys in VA benefit claims, your donation matters.
Click here to view the Military Matters brochure.