Dutch Soldiers Suffer Emotional Trauma

7th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

7 February 2007, AMSTERDAM — The Ministry of Defence will track down all former soldiers psychologically traumatised while taking part in military missions abroad. State Secretary Cees van der Knaap will finally send his long awaited plan to handle this problem to the Parliament this week, NRC Handelsblad writes.

7 February 2007

AMSTERDAM — The Ministry of Defence will track down all former soldiers psychologically traumatised while taking part in military missions abroad.  State Secretary Cees van der Knaap will finally send his long awaited plan to handle this problem to the Parliament this week, NRC Handelsblad writes.

The former soldiers in question are mainly those who took part in the missions in Lebanon and Bosnia. The new veteran registration system introduced in 2006 and linked to municipality databases will help the Defence Ministry to keep track of its former soldiers.

About one hundred veterans are estimated to be suffering from emotional trauma. The ministry hopes to find these people with the help of their family doctors and municipalities.

The Ministry will also work on improving preventive techniques, as many psychological problems may be recognised at an early stage or even avoided all together by help of special training, the so called adaptation programme.

A group of traumatised soldiers who took part in the missions in Lebanon and Bosnia are suing the Ministry of Defence. Their lawyer Freek Schultz said the total amount they will want in compensation of damages may run into millions of euros.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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