The Ministry for Veterans’ Affairs should deal with all matters falling within the framework of combat veterans starting from providing psychological and social assistance to creation of jobs. Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko stated at the international conference "VETS: Veterans Empowerment and Transition Summit".
"An idea of establishing a relevant ministry has long been overdue, but in no way can we allow the establishment of a ministry of veterans having the same status as the State Service of Veterans. After all, it’s ineffective just to change the plate. It is crucial for us to set up the ministry that would integrate the functional capabilities of all ministries, would really concern the problems of veterans in all areas, from providing psychological and social assistance, to creating a system of vocational guidance and workplaces", he said.
Pavlo Rozenko reminded that in recent years the Government had decentralized and substantially simplified the procedure for obtaining the status of participant of the anti-terror operation and increased the amount of social assistance. "We have significantly shortened the procedure for getting the status of ATO participant. We have decentralized this process," said the Vice Prime Minister, noting that to date more than 340 thousand combatants received the status of ATO participant and have the right to benefit from appropriate privileges. "The amount of social assistance has more than doubled, and now it is more than UAH 1 million 300 thousand for each deceased. We fixed appropriate payments, including those who got disability. The size of the assistance we introduced in 2014-2015 is now indexed and for the first disability group veterans this assistance is over UAH 700 thousand, in the second group - almost UAH 530 thousand, and the third - UAH 440 thousand".
The Vice Prime Minister also told that more than a thousand ATO participants were provided with prosthetics and technical or other means of rehabilitation. "Today, we can assert that more than a thousand combatants have received high-quality assistance in the direction of prosthetics or technical and other means of rehabilitation", said Pavlo Rozenko. He stressed that the state guarantees the provision of 100% prosthetics service in Ukraine, and also provides assistance for prosthetics abroad.