One of the most acute problems Ukraine faces right now is related to the war in the east. This time though the fight is not with bombs and bullets but with thoughts and emotions. Since the onset of conflict, a total of 335 000 men and women have answered the call to defend their country. Where they are currently being let down is in their post-service care, and re-adaptation to civilian life, work, family, and the strange new normal that former soldiers face. With somewhere between 550 and 1 000 veterans having taken their own lives after leaving the military, more is needed in terms of psychological care.
This new initiative is something anyone can take part in. Not only are individuals crowdfunding this much-needed element of care, but, people who opt to participate can show they care as well. Check out www.UkrainianPatriot.com for more details – it’s the first campaign of what is expected to be a global project. Inspired by and born in Ukraine, it’s an initiative that aims to help change the world.