Marine Veteran Kirstie Ennis honored at National Memorial Day Concert / The Invisible and Visible Wounds in Ukraine – With Yuliia Matvieieva: VP of Medical and Veteran Affairs at Volia Fund

The National Memorial Day Concert features Marine Veteran Kirstie Ennis and others and a conversation with Yuliia Matvieieva, working with Ukrainian Veteran Amputees on mental and physical health - Nearly 60,000 people have lost limbs over the the past two years since the Russian envarion of Ukraine in February 2022, the vast majority being servicemembers. Yuliia came to Home Base during a two week Ukrainian physician visit to MGH, a collaboration with Global Response Medicine, the W.H.O. and our colleague at MGH Center for Global Health, Dr. Jarone Lee. Yuliia finished medical school in Ukraine in 2013, and has been in the US for the past 8 years – now focusing on the mental and physical health for this massive group of veterans with limb loss. Yuliia and Ron sat for a conversation about life before the War in 2014, and how the Big War in 2022 changed everything. As a military-mental health specialist, she runs peer support for Ukrainian veteran amputees with non-profit Volia Fund, who’s mission is the protect and boost wellbeing in Ukraine.

Many thanks Yuliia Matvieieva for you ongoing service to those who’ve served. And thank you for telling your story about perseverance and your new chapter, while helping so many others get back to a new normal life and reintegrate back to their own.

Thank you Dr. Jarone Lee of MGH Center for Global Health and Health Tech without borders, and Deputy Director of Global Response Medicine Andrea Leiner for making this special visit from Kharkiv to Boston possible.

Thanks for joining us everyone. And on Memorial Day - Today and every day we honor our fallen heroes and the families who have supported them. Have a great couple weeks folks and see you next time. This is Ron Hirschberg at Home Base. 


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