MINISTER FOR VETERANS AFFAIRS, TEMPORARILY OCCUPIED TERRITORIES AND INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS OF UKRAINE OKSANA KOLIADA AND CHARGE D'AFFAIRES OF THE UNITED STATES TO UKRAINE WILLIAM TAYLOR DISCUSSED THE ISSUES OF VETERANS AND IDPs
Chargé d'Affaires of United States to Ukraine William Taylor noted that the Ministry for Veterans Affairs has a lot of work to do now, because the department deals with veterans, their families, families of the fallen, as well as internally displaced persons, tries to find common ground with residents of temporarily occupied territories and deals with issues of the front-line zone, and therefore infrastructure, medical, educational and other social security matters of local residents.
«I am amazed by the wide cross-section of issues that you solve. I want to note the respectful attitude in society towards veterans, especially fallen ones; I personally saw manifestations of this. The US Government always supports Ukrainian veterans, helps in their rehabilitation, accepts for treatment», ‒ said William Taylor.
The meeting was also attended by Mission Director of USAID Susan Fritz, who spoke about a joint project with the Johns Hopkins Institute, which deals with physical rehabilitation and treatment, prevention of PTSD among veterans.
Minister Oksana Koliada thanked William Taylor and Susan Fritz for their support. She also said that now the Ministry for Veterans Affairs is developing a system of veteran rehabilitation centres.
«We need to have our own facilities for the treatment and rehabilitation of veterans, including providing psychological support to their families and we are working on it. In particular, the Mental Health and Rehabilitation Centre for War Veterans in Pushcha-Voditsa will focus on the issues of psychological support and treatment of PTSD; on the basis of it will operate a training centre for psychologists. As well as a hospital in Klevan where there will also be a Centre for family rehabilitation of veterans», ‒ said Oksana Koliada.
She also spoke about the opening of Veteran HUBs in the country and plans for introducing the E-Veteran platform, which is supported by the US Government and which can be approached due to the Memorandum on the development of mobile communication and provision of broadband Internet access in Ukraine, which the Government signed during the First Investment Forum in Mariupol.