During the working trip to Rivne region, President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko visited ATO/JFO veterans who undergo rehabilitation, including using art therapy at the Republican center for treatment and rehabilitation of neurotrauma consequences.
At the request of the warriors, the President signed their paintings in memory of the meeting and handed over Christmas presents to them. "With great respect, boys. Low bow to you. Merry Christmas. Thank you very much for what you do," Petro Poroshenko appealed to the veterans. The military also presented the President one of the paintings in memory of the meeting.
"I believe that by your efforts we have changed the country and changed the army. What we have now is definitely not what we had in 2014, not even what it was in 2015. Your experience is very useful," Petro Poroshenko said and emphasized that at the beginning of our war against the aggressor, it was volunteers who played a significant role in the defense of the state.
The Head of State also met with the medical staff of the center, conveyed the words of gratitude to the doctors for their noble work, congratulated on Christmas and New Year and emphasized the priority of help to the veterans for both central and regional authorities.
"There are no other first priorities for the state than soldiers and veterans," the President said, adding that "this is why, for the first time in the years of independence, the Ministry of Veterans has been created".
The Head of State introduced Minister for Veteran Affairs Iryna Friz and stressed that the issue of assistance and rehabilitation of veterans of our war for independence is one of his priorities.
He also informed of the arrangements for cooperation with ministries of veterans of NATO countries, in particular USA. "We know how they treat veterans in the United States. Therefore, it is important to share experience, come and learn," the President noted.