Legal Connection: Military Matters

Legal Connection: Military Matters, one of KCMBF's three Legal Connection programs, strives to fill the gap in legal services available to military service members and veterans. For more information, go to

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Military Matters Pro Bono Spotlight


KCMBF’s Military Matters is proud to shine the March #ProBonoSpotlight on Crystal Cook Leftridge, an attorney at Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP. While Crystal did not serve in the armed forces, she feels compelled to help our veterans and military service members. Her dad is a Vietnam War veteran who served in the Army and attended military school from a young age. Like many in his generation, he has not spoken much about his service but instead has focused on raising his family. 

Recently, Crystal has been heavily involved in a case where she and a team of attorneys are representing service members and veterans who suffered hearing loss and tinnitus following the use of allegedly defective earplugs made by 3M. Her relationships with military service clients inspired her to serve in other ways, growing her desire to volunteer more with Military Matters. 

Her most recent referral through Military Matters involved a distraught veteran who was facing an eviction hearing. Crystal called the veteran, who was in tears the entire call, as the veteran’s family was about to lose their home over the holidays. Crystal was able to talk to the veteran about the process and guide them through different options. The veteran felt so much relief and was grateful to speak to someone who showed compassion and shared her expertise. Crystal said, “Getting involved in the community to give my knowledge back is in an important part of practicing law.  Being able to give someone peace of mind and to let them know somebody has their back can be the most fulfilling aspect of being a lawyer.”

Crystal is a member of KCMBF’s Military Matters Committee and is the Chair of the VeteRUN 5K Run/Walk, which takes place on May 30th during National Military Appreciation Month. She has always had a passion for fitness and has run several half and full marathons and she continues to swim and do yoga with her friends. In her free time, Crystal loves to travel with her husband. They spent their honeymoon in Spain and Portugal and plan to travel to Greece this year. When not traveling, they enjoy spending time with their Westie, Otis.  

Thank you, Crystal for your dedication to KCMBF’s #MilitaryMatters!

Please visit the KCMBF Facebook Page to see the original post about Crystal's service to Military Matters.

Thank you to our 6th Annual Military Matters Symposium speakers!

Veteran Treatment Courts
Thursday, November 7, 2019 | KCMBA Event Center
Click here to view the program.

Chair, Nick McNeil and KC Rafferty

David White and Adam Baker

Photo 1: Chair, Nick McNeil and KC Rafferty
Photo 2: Moderator David White and Hon. Alexander, Hon. Bland, Comm. Fry, and Hon. McCarthy
Photo 3: Moderator David White and Adam Baker, Chris Carter, Kelly England, Tiffany Gregg, Dennis Johnson, and Bryan Meyer
Photo 4: David White and Adam Baker

How You Can Support Military Matters


Are you an attorney?

Join the Military Matters Legal Team - Help fill the gap in legal assistance available to military service members and veterans in our service area.

Providing pro bono service through 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.

Click here to join our Pro Bono Network. To volunteer in other capacities, please contact Foundation Director, Sharra Wagner at 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.