A Veterans center in Sinj will be a haven for Croatian war veterans and their families, civilian victims and victims of sexual violence from the war. The center is scheduled to open in 2017.
Dalmacija News reports that in the center of Sinj in the former military barracks Ivaniš Nelipić, a Veteran center will open for 2017. The funds for construction have been secured from the European Regional Development Fund through the Operational Program “Competitiveness and Cohesion”. The center is scheduled to open in 2017, but due to the political crisis in the country, the project has been on hold for some time. Now the project will come to life, with a slightly different concept than originally planned – providing a different level of self-sustainability.
Veteran centers entered the law on the Rights of Croatian War Veterans and their families, as well as rehabilitation facilities and inpatient care, and education for better integration of soldiers in the social processes. By providing funds from the European Regional Development Fund, Croatian defenders are, for the first time, recognized as a distinct social group in one of the strategic documents of the European Union. To build a veteran center in Sinj, which is being built on the former barracks Ivaniš Nelipić, changes the original concept in which the center would be built.
The new Veteran center will be a haven for Croatian war veterans and their families, civilian victims and victims of sexual violence from the war. The target group consists of military and civilian victims of the Second World War, as well as those affected in the performance of military and police duty in a foreign country in the field of peacekeeping and peacekeeping missions, deminers killed, and persons that are identified as having the need for using the services of veteran centers.
Users will be have the option for temporary and permanent accommodation and full-day and half-day stays. Programs at veteran centers usually include psychosocial function, occupational therapy, kinetic therapy, education and counseling, and cultural workshops. In Sinj, this center will open about 25 jobs.
In addition to Sinj, the Ministry of Veterans plans to build centers in Šibenik, Petrinja and Daruvar, with each project worth about 5 million euros.