NCBF Excellence Award


Board Member, Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation

David White is a long-standing Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation (KCMBF) board director and veteran, having served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve for 27 years as a Lieutenant Colonel and recipient of the Legion of Merit. Dave used his experience to help KCMBF lead the initiative to form Military Matters in an effort to increase veterans’ access to legal and other support services, as well as to raise awareness of the problems faced by the veteran and military population as they reintegrate into civilian life. Dave’s military experience and connections, coupled with an unwavering dedication to the formation of the program, have resulted in tremendous success over the past three years. Military Matters officially launched in 2016, and under Dave’s leadership has facilitated more than 600 veteran referrals and partnered with five official community partners in Greater Kansas City to link veterans with a network of over 150 volunteer attorneys. Military Matters community partners include the Kansas City VA Medical Center, Kansas Legal Services, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, United Way of Greater Kansas City, and Veterans Community Project.


David White is honored for his assistance in helping hundreds of veterans get out from under their legal problems and back on their feet, for helping KCMBF to foster a philanthropic network that allows hundreds of professionals within the Greater Kansas City legal community to serve those who have served us and for his promised commitment to ensure Military Matters’ impact continues to expand its reach to more veterans, new community partners, and an increase in the volunteer attorney base for years to come.


Military Matters is a program of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation. The program strives to fill the gap in legal services available to veterans and active duty military personnel living in the greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. They collaborate with support agencies serving the veterans in the area to identify the most needed legal services and provide assistance to those who do not qualify for aid from other agencies.

Learn more and watch a video presentation of how Mike and Patty Keltner were assisted by Military Matters at