Since its inception, the Ukrainian Veterans Foundation of the Ministry of Veterans Affairs has been striving to provide veterans with additional opportunities and resources for successful reintegration into civilian life. We work in a variety of areas, from providing financial support for veterans’ entrepreneurial initiatives to helping them restore their mental and physical health.
Over the course of two years, the Ukrainian Veterans Foundation has managed to:
- support a total of 508 veteran entrepreneurial initiatives and projects of NGOs;
- support 176 veteran entrepreneurship projects and projects of NGOs for veterans for UAH 293,768,420;
- provide 332 veterans and their family members with a total of UAH 6,436,852 in one-time financial assistance (up to UAH 20,000 each) to help them create the right conditions for entrepreneurial or independent professional activities;
- establish a crisis support hotline for veterans, military personnel and their families together with partners. To date, nearly 21,000 calls have been processed and 89 weekly support groups have been held;
- conduct a number of sociological research and public opinion polls, the results of which have become an important source of information for the development and implementation of state policy to support veterans, help raise public awareness of veterans’ issues and develop effective mechanisms to support them;
- introduce the possibility of receiving individual written legal advice on issues of interest to veterans and the military; More than 1,500 thousand appeals in 2023.
- launch an interactive map of veteran businesses together with partners LUN and Uklon. Anyone who wants to support veteran entrepreneurship can find the closest institution on the map and visit it;
- organize 12 lectures on business development, brand building, artificial intelligence in communications, teamwork, etc. for the community of veterans who are winners of our VARTO competition programs
- become a member of the organizing team for the preparation of the Ukrainian team for the United States Air Force Trials 2024 competition to be held in the United States in March 2024. We have joined the all-Ukrainian qualifying competitions among veterans and active military personnel and will accompany our team in international competitions;
- implement educational projects for veterans: English language courses, IT courses, an online course for veterans “Returning from War: Body, Mind, Society” in partnership with UCU, and in cooperation with the Patients of Ukraine Charitable Foundation and Dignitas Fund, a course called “Fly” aimed at teaching veterans to fly drones.
And this is only a visible part of what we have been working on these two years. The Ukrainian Veterans Foundation will continue to do everything possible to ensure that as many veterans as possible can do what they love, and that society understands and supports them on their way back home.