Psychology Center Helps Ukrainian War Veterans
Veteran Hub, a unique center for Ukrainian veterans, has opened its doors in Kyiv
Andriy Kozynchuk, a military psychologist, took part in the war in Donbas and knows what problems soldiers face when they return to civilian life.
“No other psychologist can understand a war veteran like another veteran will. In most cases it is something like ‘I dont know what to do, ‘I don’t like my job’ or ‘I don’t love my wife anymore or love my wife more than ever’. Basically meaning that they can’t adapt,” Andriy said.
Therapist dogs will be helping psychologists. The four-legged assistants from the organization Hero’s Companion for the rehabilitation of war veterans will also work with Veteran Hub.
“The dog creates a good atmosphere and conditions for a successful rehabilitation of a war veteran who has come back from the frontlines. The dog, specially selected and trained, then helps the psychologists in daily life and in relationships with family and other people,” said Olha Smirnova, a canis therapist.
Veterans can also expect to find legal help here. Specialists of the non-governmental organization The Legal Hundred will explain how to get legal status as a veteran, an apartment, or other benefits from the government.
“Right now you are in the part of the hub where we all will be sitting. Here we will have our hotline. We came to work here with our brothers in arms and organizations we have been cooperating with for a long time. This is indeed an idea that unified us all,” said Yulia Moriy, a lawyer.
Veteran Hub is situated on the territory of the Ukrainian TV Center and will be opened from 10 a.m. till 10 p.m. every day. War veterans, policemen, rescue workers and their family members are always welcomed here.