We must develop a unified approach to the rehabilitation of people released from captivity

Опубліковано 31 July 2023 року, о 18:40

Vice Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk chaired a meeting on veterans’ policy.

Representatives of the Ministry of Reintegration, the Ministry of Social Policy, the Ministry of Veterans, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Finance, the Presidential Office, the State Migration Service, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, the Armed Forces, the Mental Health Coordination Center under the Cabinet of Ministers, the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Social Policy and Veterans’ Rights, regional military administrations, and others attended the meeting.

The meeting focused on the issue of providing comprehensive assistance to the military and civilians released from captivity. Finally, they should be provided with medical rehabilitation immediately upon their return and psychological support after reintegration.

Participants of the meeting emphasized the need to improve the system of guaranteed individual medical support from the state. We need a clear algorithm for the evaluation and rehabilitation process.

According to Iryna Vereshchuk, it is necessary to improve this system by amending several resolutions on assistance to those released from captivity.

They also discussed the issue of informing those released from captivity about the possibility of receiving one-time vouchers. This gives them a better chance of finding a job in their chosen field.

In addition, they discussed the gaps in the legislation on obtaining a certificate of injury, which is necessary for servicemen to exercise their rights to social security. Iryna Vereshchuk emphasized: “A clear procedure for issuing such a document should be developed.”

The Vice Prime Minister also reported on developing a unified protocol for providing psychological assistance to servicemen released from captivity. An expert group has been established to develop a step-by-step protocol for psychological rehabilitation.

At the same time, a separate path is being developed to create such a protocol for wounded soldiers. “We need to develop a unified approach to the rehabilitation of people released from Russian captivity,” the vice premier summed up.