VFW puts more “ease” into UMKC’s At Ease Zone

Lynn Roth, III, Nick Lopez and Ethan Alexander pose for a photo on the new couch in the UMKC At Ease ZoneThe National Headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars has put a little more “ease” into the UMKC At Ease Zone. The VFW recently presented student veterans with a much-desired couch for the space, along with a new coffee maker and a networked printer.

The UMKC At Ease Zone, located on the second floor of Cherry Hall on UMKC’s Volker Campus, supports UMKC student veterans as they transition into community and campus life. The At Ease Zone is a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences’ School of Social Work and the UMKC Dean of Students.

Judy Bauer of the Henry Leavenworth Chapter of the Association of the United States Army also helped coordinate the gifts.

The VFW is the largest service organization serving military veterans who have served during times of war. The VFW began its existence in 1899 with the mission of advocating that veterans receive the benefits the US Government had promised Armed Forces members who had fought in the Spanish-American War.

In addition to their mission of helping veterans with benefits-related issues, the VFW awards more scholarships for student veterans than any other organization in the United States.