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

KCMBF's Military Matters 7th Annual Symposium

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The annual Symposium brings together representatives from the front line providers of military and veteran services in the greater Kansas City Metropolitan area to continue the discussion on how best to alleviate the gaps in legal services and other support services available to veterans and active duty military.

Please note this event is not CLE accredited.

To register, please fill out the registration form and mail to:
2300 Main St., Ste. 100
Kansas City, MO 64108

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If you are a KCMBA member, please sign in to register.

Webinar link will be sent following registration. Please expect an email the week of the event.


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Military Matters Pro Bono Spotlight


KCMBF’s Military Matters is proud to shine the October #ProBonoSpotlight on Tony R. Miller, an attorney with Troppito Miller Griffin, LLC

Tony has volunteered his time and experience to assist veterans through the Military Matters program, often helping veterans who are dealing with multiple issues compounded into what they feel is an insurmountable roadblock. Tony finds satisfaction in helping veterans within his field of expertise, and using his experience as a lawyer to help break down the situation into digestible pieces for the veteran. What seems daunting at first can be solved by taking a series of steps to help a veteran get a driver’s license reinstated, have warrants addressed, find employment, and turn things around. Tony says, “Just one legal issue addressed can really tip the iceberg to turn things around for a veteran.”

Tony had two uncles who were lawyers, who first impressed him with their successes but later with their ability to make a difference in people’s lives. Tony studied Political Science and played football at Baker University for his undergraduate degree and later attended UMKC School of Law. He clerked and worked at several firms after graduating in 2001, and in 2007 took the plunge with Chris Troppito to open their own law firm. He has been involved with Military Matters for several years, and as someone with close friends who currently serve in the military, he says he is happy to do his part as they make sacrifices every day for us. Framed in his office is his grandfather’s Honorable Discharge paperwork, received by his grandfather after serving in the Pacific during World War II as a tail gunner.

Outside of Military Matters, Tony is still very involved in the community along with his wife, Bethany Miller who practices estate planning in Lee’s Summit. Tony sits as a legislator in Jackson County and uses his training as a lawyer to help the county unpack issues of public policy. Each year, Tony and Bethany seek to support community events and activities, such as co-chairing the annual carnival for CASA. He has two very active daughters, 9 and 11 years old, along with two rescue dogs and two rescue cats. Tony has taken up bicycling during the quarantine, as his ability to enjoy live music and travel were stalled due to the pandemic. And with his daughters’ summer activities postponed, he allowed them at one point to shave his head for a new “Corona Cut” style!

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

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

Join the Military Matters Legal Team
Military Matters is looking for your help in building its pro bono network for military service members and veterans.
Click the image below to join the Military Matters Legal Team. 

How You Can Support Military Matters

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

Veteran Treatment Courts
Thursday, November 7, 2019 | KCMBA Event Center
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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

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.