Our mission is to support Ukrainian veterans in achieving success after their service. We are actively working to address virtually all aspects of veterans' lives, from psychological issues to rehabilitation and health, from job searching to professional education.
Our vision for solving military-related problems in civilian life includes:
We directly address urgent military and veteran issues and accept requests in the following areas:
The «Pislya Sluzhby» (After Service) Foundation initiates and implements a variety of projects aimed at supporting veterans and active servicemen.
We accept requests from military personnel and veterans to address individual, specific issues. The results of some of these requests can be reviewed in detail on our website in the «Results» section.
Every last Wednesday of the month, we organize gatherings for veterans where we discuss pressing issues. These meetings are attended by psychologists, volunteers, as well as veterans and military personnel. The gatherings are held to address and identify the issues at hand, and after the formal part, we treat participants to pizza and engage in closer and more informal discussions.
We organize closed support groups for women and girls who are waiting for their loved ones to return from the war. These groups are held weekly for two months under the guidance of Olga Pletka, a candidate in psychological sciences. Women receive psychological support that contributes to their increased stability, helping them not only cope with the anticipation but also deal with their own pain within a supportive community.
We collaborate with Veterano Pizza to ensure that as many veterans as possible learn about the «Pislya Sluzhby» (After Service) Foundation, its activities, projects, and services. We also aim to treat wounded soldiers to delicious pizza. Our partners deliver pizza to hospitals where Ukrainian soldiers receive treatment. Additionally, we plan to organize joint workshops for children and adults.
As part of psychological rehabilitation, we organize cultural events for veterans with the aim of diverting their attention from the war and helping them adapt to civilian life more quickly. We host weekly workshops in various forms of art, such as oil painting, intuitive drawing, and traditional applied arts, such as decorating Easter eggs or crafting clay products.
We organize playback theater performances where every audience member has the opportunity to become an active participant in the performance if they wish. We invite veterans to participate in these performances, using theatrical techniques to help war participants and their families overcome trauma and other feelings associated with service in conflict zones. This is an excellent tool for participants that helps them share their emotions, view situations from a different perspective, and perhaps find new ways to approach any situation.
This project involves the viewing of educational video materials on the understanding and management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). We invite military personnel, veterans, psychologists, and volunteers to discuss these video materials, providing them with a theoretical foundation for working with individuals who have similar traumas. In the future, we plan to conduct film coaching sessions in an online format for the convenience and accessibility of a wider audience.
We organize rest and accommodation for veterans in hotel rooms near the Central Railway Station in Kyiv, which is crucial for soldiers who are constantly on the move and away from home. The services include short-term stays with the opportunity to take a shower or spend the night while waiting for their train home or to their place of service. It's a small but important element of caring for our military.
An English speaking club for veterans. Participants have the opportunity to improve their spoken English skills and engage in conversations with other club members. The club includes games and interactive tasks to enhance language proficiency, as well as themed sessions to learn and practice important and interesting topics.
The main goal of this project is to help participants acquire the necessary skills and tools to provide effective psychological support in stressful and crisis situations. The seminar program contributes to the development of emotional self-regulation skills, stress management, and the building of healthy relationships. Participants gain knowledge on recognizing signs of stress and how to react to them promptly while stabilizing their mental well-being.
The projects of the «Pislya Sluzhby» (After Service) Foundation are the first steps in providing comprehensive support to Ukrainian veterans. These projects help veterans adapt, offer support, and provide psychological rehabilitation, contributing to their overall well-being while emphasizing that they are not alone.