Brunssum, Netherlands – the NATO Public Diplomacy Division (NATO HQ, Brussels) working together with the NATO Information and Documentation Centre in the Ukraine, jointly organized a visit of competition winners to NATO HQ in Brussels, Belgium, and JFC Brunssum 24-26 April. Participants comprised war veterans, including disabled servicemen, who recently fought in Eastern Ukraine.
The "Games of Heroes" is a CrossFit international competition for wounded warriors and people with disabilities. The main goal of the games is the achievement of psychological and physical rehabilitation of Ukrainian soldiers and social adaptation of persons with disabilities, via the promotion of sports movement amongst the youth and the most vulnerable social groups. Competitors, by their own example, show each other that they have the strength to rehabilitate and fully re-engage, after serious trauma, in life. The first international competition under the "Games of heroes” banner was held on May 19, 2017, in Georgia.
A visit to NATO HQ was initiated in the framework of the National Public Campaign "Joint Victory".
"Joint Victory" is a modern and effective form of cooperation between the civil society, government authorities and business. The "Joint victory” initiative facilitates the implementation of projects in sports, cultural and social areas.
JFC Brunssum was honoured to host this group of Ukrainian wounded military veterans. Presentations were delivered to provide insight to the role and responsibilities of JFC Brunssum and granularity of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence activities along its north-eastern flank. JFC Brunssum briefers outlined JFCBS`s structure, tasks and current operations, providing more detail about the operation in the Baltics and Poland. Presentations completed with a lively extended question and answer session.
Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office