“According to official figures, some 35,300 soldiers will be demobilized from the conflict zone in the next month. As the capital city of Ukraine, Kyiv must lead the country in providing necessary support for the men and women who served the country when they return. That is why we are asking for help from our American friends, who have big experience in this area,” Klitschko said.
The idea is to create six pilot veteran administration centers, located in Kyiv City, Kyiv Oblast and Zhytomyr Oblast. The centers would provide assistance for ATO veterans to receive counseling, to find employment and to receive benefits. Administrative resources would also be devoted to assisting the families of those soldiers who did not return home.
The proposal was developed in consultation with Kyiv-based civil society organizations and coordinated by the national State Service for Veteran Affairs and ATO Participants, which would play a leading role in administrating the pilot project.
A second program proposed by Klitschko and supported by Ambassador John O’Keefe, Executive Director of the Congressionally-funded Open World Leadership Center would fund exchange programs to train effective administrators and social workers.