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Ukraine introduces new programs for military and veterans

Ukraine introduces new programs for military and veterans Photo: Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine (

The Ukrainian government is launching new experimental projects related to the Armed Forces of Ukraine and veterans, Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said at a Cabinet meeting.

Prime Minister explained the focus of these initiatives, which are being launched today, October 3.

"The first is providing a new comprehensive social service — building resilience," he said.

This service includes a range of options, including:

  • Socio-psychological assistance;
  • Formation and development of social skills and abilities;
  • Facilitation of adaptation and more.

He added that every veteran, their family, or a group can avail of this service.

"The second project is the social support for military personnel and their families in military units," said Shmyhal.

This includes:

  • Psychosocial support to strengthen families;
  • Assistance in paperwork;
  • Assistance in communication with state and local authorities.

According to Shmyhal, the Ministry of Social Policy will coordinate these projects.

"Already on our path to the EU, we are transforming. In particular, we are radically changing the veteran policy. This means broad economic opportunities for our defenders: business, work, retraining, adaptation, and accessibility. It's housing for veterans, creating veteran development centers, and implementing the veteran's assistant institution," emphasized the head of the Cabinet.

He added that currently, selection and training of people who will accompany veterans on a "peer-to-peer" principle are underway and noted that "the number of willing participants exceeds the number of vacancies."

Last spring, the Cabinet approved a strategy until 2032, launching a strategic project for transitioning from military service to civilian life.

Before this, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal listed 8 main objectives of the new veteran policy reform.