How the Project Works

Whether physical or mental, the injury to a candidate for the Our Wounded Heroes project is so severe that it exceeds the resources of regional hospitals. Without our intervention, the prognosis for even a modest recovery is grim. The Hero’s only hope is to be flown to the U.S. (along with his family, in many cases) to be given the best medical care. Commonly, our Heroes to have 3rd degree burns over 75% of their bodies, gunshot wounds to the face and eyes, and traumatic amputations that require prostheses. the Numbers

The special relationships we have cultivated with the medical community have yielded staggering statistics with regard to the value of a contribution. Simply put, FOR EVERY DOLLAR WE TAKE IN, WE TURN IT INTO OVER $46 WORTH OF MEDICAL CARE.

Consider our statistics for 2014…
• We received approximately $150,000 in contributions
• We performed “miracles” for 15 wounded Heroes
• The value of their “total care” package: over $7,000,000
That’s $46 for every dollar!

Our services don’t stop there--we also provide for the care of those Heroes who remain in Ukraine. By financing the costs of sending and housing physicians and other healthcare experts to Ukraine for educational conferences and seminars regarding best practices for prosthesis-making and the management of post-traumatic stress disorder, we promote the likelihood of successful outcomes on a sustainable basis.

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Our Wounded Heroes Project

Through the harshness of seemingly endless winters and the countless celebratory milestones they spend apart from those they love, they defend the very essence of who we are as a united and proud people. They are our soldiers—heeding the call of duty to save Ukraine and the people we call family.

Rushing toward a clear and present danger from a well-equipped and well-financed enemy whose hostilities have no boundaries, our Ukrainian Heroes live to fight so our brethren will not have to fight to live.

Their bravery comes with a price, as the cost of freedom is measured in both lives lost and lives that are shattered from injuries. When the ultimate sacrifice is made, we honor these Heroes for their immense courage and for rising up to unspeakable acts of tyranny.

But what becomes of the incapacitated…those Heroes who become debilitated in body or mind? Surely we owe allegiance to their plight for survival and recovery…

We earnestly ask you to please become a hero to Our Heroes.

I’m Not of Ukrainian Heritage…Why Should I Contribute to the Our Wounded Heroes Project?

Although acknowledged through sympathetic voices, the plight of those around the globe who stand up to oppression from those who violate the sovereignty of another nation is typically met with passing relief that our freedom--here at home--is secure.

But this enveloping comfort should not alter our philosophical approach to being “my brother’s keeper”—regardless of where “my brother” resides or from where his lineage comes. That’s because the bonds of human society are intertwined... connected at the core by our one Creator.

And so we are united. And through this unification, our mutual obligation becomes self-evident: to help those who urgently need our support.

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A New Beginning, A Synergy, or Just an Inspiring Story?

For many years, a couple of decades in fact, there has been a healthy attempt to unify the diaspora’s efforts to help Ukraine. Several committees were formed to work together for better results and for wiser utilization of always scarce resources. Clearly the efforts did not produce expected results over the years as every group strived to be recognized and credited for its work.

Whether a philosophy of the new generation, or the tragic developments in Ukraine, we now are starting to see emerging examples of coordination and collaboration of efforts.

The Ukrainian Federation of America (UFA), in conjunction with Ukrainian Catholic University is in the process of developing rehabilitation programs for wounded Ukrainian soldiers. UFA is also coordinating prosthesis training for Ukrainian experts. And now, Kyiv-Chicago Sister Cities reached out to UFA to help the Federation’s efforts to organize a PTSD clinic offering services to rehabilitate entire families of the wounded heroes. The psychologists in the “Family Circle” Clinic will evaluate children for any developmental abnormalities or delays as well as treat and manage care of children living in orphanages.We are very grateful to the Kyiv-Chicago Sister Cities for offering their support financially and even more thankful that they agreed to partner with us in this project.

In 2015, the Kyiv-Chicago Sister Cities organized a concert to raise funds and help with evaluation and treatment of the orphans and children of displaced military families. Their organization found itself on the cross roads with UFA already working toward such a goal.

After a call from Vera Eliashevsky and a few Skype conferences between our two organizations, over $16,000 was donated to the Federation to provide programs for orphan children and children who lost one or both parents due to the war in Ukraine. Shortly after receiving the funds, Zenia Chernyk flew to Ukraine to deliver the desperately needed donation.

In September 2016, the representatives of UFA and delegates from the Kyiv-Chicago Sister Cities will travel together for the formal opening of the “Family Circle” Clinic – a first functioning pilot clinic for evaluation and treatment of PTSD. Soon more clinics to follow.

Dr. Zenia Chernyk, President of the Ukrainian Federation of America (UFA) met with father Sus and administrators of the Center for Orphan Care (Центр Опіки Сиріт) in Lviv, Ukraine. [March 28, 2016] SEE THE VIDEO HERE.

Profile: Maksym Ilchenko A Hero in the Ukrainian Federation of America's Care

Until recently, Maksym Ilchenko was a young computer programmer from Kramatorsk. In August 2014, while serving as a Ukrainian soldier in the ATO zone, he was severely wounded in the face. He lost one eye and was left with approximately 20% vision in his remaining eye. After exhausting treatment options in Ukraine, he was brought to the United States by the Ukrainian Federation of America (UFA). In his words, he was literally “pulled back to life” in America.

In taking charge of Maksym, UFA was responsible for transportation, room & board, visas, medications, treatments, surgeries, eye prosthetics, and rehabilitation. Subsequently, UFA brought Maksym back to the US a second time for continued follow-up surgery and treatments. Some of the many partners who provided medical assistance include Julia Allison Haller MD, Wills Eye Hospital, Kevin Kelley of J Kelley Eye Associates, James Eakins MD, Hahnemann Hospital, Michael Ondik MD, and Jurij Bilyk MD,

As one might imagine, even with reduced fees and pro-bono help from our partners, it is expensive to help each wounded hero. … and there are many such heroes who deserve our help. Your contribution will directly impact their treatment and lives!

To help Maksym and more of Our Wounded Heroes, please DONATE HERE.

To read more about Maksym (article in English) click here.

To read more about Maksym (article and video in Ukrainian) click here.


UFA Involvement and Help Statistics:

  • 20 admissions of wounded in the US
    • 4 with 3rd degree burns
    • 9 with complicated orthopedic injuries
  • Traumatic amputations
    • 3 requiring prosthesis
    • 2 requiring joint replacements
    • 3 nerve injuries (gunshot) requiring nerve transplants
  • Internal Injuries
    • Multiple internal trauma due to gunshot wounds requiring extensive corrective surgeries
      • 6 facial wounds (gunshot) with eye injuries
      • 2 corneal transplants
      • 3 nerve injuries (gunshot) requiring nerve transplants
      • 3 traumatic cataracts requiring surgeries
      • Multiple facial bone reconstructions and dental implants
      • Extensive retinal surgeries
      • Eye prosthesis
  • Many more are being brought to the United States for medical care with UFA help

General Statistics (sources: Ukrainian Embassy, U.S. Government & United Nations)

  • At least 5,486 people killed and 12,972 wounded in Eastern Ukraine
    • Fatalities include 298 people on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shot down on July 17, 2014
  • At least 5.2 million people estimated to be living in conflict areas
  • At least 978,482 internally displaced people, including 119,832 children
  • At least 600,000 fled to neighboring countries
  • At least 1.2 million Registered Internally Displaced (IDPs) in Ukraine
  • At least 159,000 Registered Internally Displaced children
  • At least 5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance
  • At least 6,100 people became victims of combat actions
  • At least 15,400 people injured
  • At least 1,600 Ukrainian officers and soldiers killed
  • At least 6,600 Ukrainian soldiers wounded

Visit to Ukraine

During a recent visit to Ukraine, Dr. Zenia Chernyk visited the wounded at seven different hospitals. The conclusion: Many need care abroad–not because of the inability of physicians in Ukraine to care for the wounded, but due the readily accessible technology that would enhance the level of needed care.

Dr. Zenia Chernyk with Ukraine Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Healthcare officials…

Ukraine visit


Medical Education

Teaching how to make prosthetic limbs


  • Management of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Establishment of a psychology program at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv in which students will intern at the Lviv Family Wellness Clinic where they will counsel with the families of wounded soldiers.

Work with partner nursing programs in the United States to instruct and educate nurses in the development of a plan of care–one that includes working collaboratively with physicians, therapists, the patient, the patient’s family and other team members in order to focus on holistic injury treatment.

First Responders Program:
Currently on-hold pending the reorganization of the police and emergency services in Ukraine, this program works In conjunction with the MedEscort Company and Pittsburgh University Hospital.

Meeting in Lviv Meeting in Lviv

Description of Medical Care

Due to HIPAA regulations and privacy concerns we are precluded from displaying the graphic nature of injuries.

Types of Trauma

  • Severe large body 3rd degree burns
  • Gunshot wounds to face and eyes
  • Penetrating gunshot wounds to internal organs
  • Head and spinal chord trauma
  • Nerve entrapment in gunshot wounds
  • Complicated orthopedic cases
  • Vascular reconstruction

Other Medical Care

  • Specialized surgeries
  • Treatment
  • Rehab

Medical care

Healthcare & Humanitarian Aid

Medical Treatment

  • Pro Bono Surgeries
  • Skin Grafting (Synovis)
  • Prosthesis
  • Instruments (EEG machines)
  • Medical Supplies
  • Medications
  • Rehabilitation
  • Vascular reconstruction

Humanitarian Aid

  • Medical Transport
  • Visa Arrangements
  • Host Families
  • Room and Board
  • Transportation To and From Appointments

Partners & Supporters

With extreme gratitude to…

  • Advanced Arm Dynamics: prosthesis
  • Astoria Restaurant: meals to wounded patients
  • Bridgeport Hospital: burn treatment
  • Cleveland Clinic: facial & orthopedic trauma
  • Hahnemann Hospital: gunshot wound treatment to the face and eyes
  • Hanger: prosthesis program
  • Holy Redeemer Hospital: hand reconstruction
  • Kresge Eye Institute: ophthalmology
  • Lehigh Valley Health Network: nerve reconstruction
  • MedEscort: transportation of wounded
  • MetroHealth: facial & orthopedic trauma
  • Shriners Hospital for Children: prosthesis program
  • St. Mary Medical Center: hand reconstruction
  • Wills Eye Hospital: corneal transplant and other eye-related surgeries
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital: penetrating body gunshot wound surgery/treatment

Our Wounded Heroes URGENTLY NEED Your Help

Please give generously. For EVERY dollar you contribute, a wounded hero receives 46 dollars of medical care in the US from our partnering hospitals, doctors and medical personnel.

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