MPs demand compensation for veterans

27th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

MPs are debating a veterans bill in parliament which, "guarantees recognition, appreciation and care for former soldiers". There is broad cross-party support for the bill in parliament.

However, the Labour Party, which initiated the bill, says it should only come into force after compensation for a large group of veterans has been settled.

In September, Defence Minister Hans Hillen said he expected to find funds to compensate wounded veterans by the end of the year. A total of 110 million euros is needed to compensate veterans who have returned from missions before July 2007. Many of them have spent years applying for compensation for illnesses like post traumatic stress syndrome.

The government has been criticised for dragging its feet on the issue by National Ombudsman Alex Brenninkmeijer, who brokered a special scheme last year to resolve cases as quickly as possible. The ombudsman says little progress has been made since then. The Defence Ministry says it is not a question of whether compensation cases will be settled, but how.

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