Congressman Cleaver Pleased To See Kansas City Area Veterans Receive Accessible Ramp

May 9, 2017
Press Release
A wheelchair ramp was installed at Congressman Cleaver’s request for a local Post

(Kansas City, MO) – Earlier this year, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II was informed that the Hickman Mills American Legion Post 598, located at 11600 Blue Ridge Blvd., had been in desperate need of a wheelchair accessible ramp. The Post provides services for veterans in the Kansas City area.

“Many of the veterans said they were lifting people in wheelchairs up and down the stairs which I’m certain was too much of a strenuous activity for them,” said Congressman Cleaver.

Congressman Cleaver’s office reached out to the city of Kansas City and to members of The Whole Person of Kansas City, a non-profit organization that connects people with disabilities with resources. The Whole Person, without hesitation, constructed a ramp and hand rails within a few days.

“It’s just been wonderful. The Whole Person provided all of the material and the labor. We are so pleased,” said Craig Sparks, Vice Commander of the Post.

“I am grateful to the members of The Whole Person who provided this ramp for our veterans. It’s the least we can do for the men and women who have given us our freedom and the liberties we enjoy today,” said Congressman Cleaver.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here. For more information, please contact Heather Frierson at 816-842-4545 or