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How war veterans can be useful to their country, instead of being a social problem
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How war veterans can be useful to their country, instead of being a social problem

Picture this: a brisk walk along the coast, the wind howling in your ears, uncomfortable weather. But for your companion, a kitesurfer, it is pure ecstasy. That’s the kind of perspective we need when we talk about harnessing the potential of war veterans. This is an inevitable topic for Ukrainian society.
Reintegration of veterans is no longer just a topic of discussion in boardrooms or at ministry roundtables. It’s a buzz on social media, with citizens sharing stories of interacting with veterans, especially those battling mental health demons from their war experiences. It is not just a conversation for the elite, but for every individual who cares about Ukrainian society.
But let’s be realistic: reintegration is not a walk in the park. It’s about reshaping lives, finding new roles and embracing opportunities that go beyond the status quo. The increase in militarization in Ukraine, as a result of the Russian invasion, is not just a phase; it is a strategic shift in Ukrainian capabilities, highlighting the need for skilled professionals with combat experience.
There are many difficulties that the veteran, his employer, family and others face during the reintegration process. Especially if reintegration is understood as a return to the status quo, a return to a previous life, to a previous position. This is a tough road, and adopting the world’s best practices is helpful. This is a search for a new job, and more importantly, a new role in society, already taking into account the veteran’s combat experience.
There are a number of professions where a veteran is the most obvious candidate. From instructors in first aid and tactical medicine to leaders in the defense industry, their potential is limitless. Let’s consider the example of an instructor in first aid and tactical medicine. There are millions of citizens who need life-saving skills, and who better to learn these skills than those who have faced life-and-death situations themselves?
How many citizens need to know how to stop the bleeding? Almost every adult who can witness a traffic accident, domestic injury, not to mention a rocket attack. These are millions of people, without exaggeration, apart from the need for instructors of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, private production companies, hotels and restaurants. Based on Western standards for first aid training, which recommend repeating first aid training every year or every 2-3 years, we understand that Ukraine needs at least thousands of instructors.