Post Date:
14 September 2023

Medical, rehabilitation, socio-psychological support, professional integration and reintegration – these are the tasks of the SumDU Veteran Recovery Center. Its opening took place on 13 September 2023 with the participation of Tetiana KALYTA (the Deputy Minister of Ukrainian Veteran Affairs for digital development, transformations and digitalization), representatives of local authorities and social services. The Center will take care of veterans.

With the Ministry support, similar institutions have already been opened in Vinnytsia, Dnipro, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Zhytomyr and Kyiv.

As the Deputy Minister noted, the Sumy Region is actively involved in the implementation of the social project of veterans’ support. “This Center is a place where veterans, their families and relatives of fallen heroes can receive training in educational programs and support (medical, psychological and legal). Also, a new profession – a veteran’s assistant – will be taught here. These specialists will provide social support to defenders who will return to civilian life,” – commented Tetiana KALYTA.

It is also planned that the centers will become hubs for meetings of veterans and military personnel. They can be used for public activity as well.

As Vasyl KARPUSHA (SumDU rector) noted, the university has a unique material and technical base for treatment and rehabilitation of wartime injured persons.

“The Veteran Recovery Center is the entire university. It is a system of assistance to veterans. The office is only a room where a veteran or his family members can go at the initial stage to understand what set of services he needs,” – said the rector.

Sumy State University has the opportunity to provide defenders with a wide range of services. For example, medical aid and rehabilitation (the University Clinic); social and psychological (the Psychological Service). The university has a powerful sports and physical culture base for physical rehabilitation. And, of course, the university regularly implements an inclusive educational policy. That provides opportunities for professional retraining for civilian specialties in demand on the labor market.

Taras SAVCHENKO (the first deputy chief of the Sumy Regional Military Administration) and Oleksandr LYSENKO (Sumy mayor) noted the importance and urgency of creating the Veteran Recovery Center. They thanked everyone who contributed to its foundation.