Legal Connection: Military Matters
Nearly 32,000 veterans reside in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan 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 significant instability in their lives.
Legal Connection: Military Matters strives to fill the gap in legal services available to veterans and active duty military personnel who reside in or have a home of record and legal issue in one of these nine counties: Jackson County, MO; Cass County, MO; Clay County, MO; Johnson County, MO; Lafayette County, MO; Platte County, MO; Ray County, MO; Johnson County, KS; Wyandotte County, KS.
Military Matters collaborates 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, Kansas Legal Services, and Veterans Community Project.
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.
Providing pro bono service through Legal Connection: Military Matters satisfies lawyers' requirement of participating in the Jackson County Juvenile appointment program for one year.
Administrative Order 18-06 states, in part:
Local Rules 21.4 (2014) and 21.6.1 (2010) govern the termination/withdrawal of attorneys and guardians ad litem in Chapter 211 RSMo. cases. Upon receipt of a Motion to Withdraw requesting that an attorney be relieved of an appointment in either a Chapter 211 case or a civil contempt case filed in the Family Court Division of the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, the application shall be presented to the Court for consideration, except:
1. If the attorney's request is based upon verified active participation in the Volunteer Attorney Project or the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation's Legal Connection: Military Matters program within the twelve month period preceding the date of the appointment;
Visit the Court's website here and read the Administrative Order here.
Participate in Veteran Fairs and Legal Clinics – Throughout the year, Military Matters participates in a variety of Veterans Fairs throughout the metropolitan area. Military Matters also hosts continuing legal education seminars covering the legal services in highest demand for veterans.
Click here to join our Pro Bono Referral Network. To volunteer, please contact Foundation Director, Sharra Wagner at email@example.com or (816) 474-4322.
Donate - Change Lives
Your donation will help Military Matters continue to grow and serve more veterans in our community. From providing funds for filing fees, expert testimony and other court fees to providing materials to train attorneys in VA benefit claims, your donation matters.