Veterans

Veterans are former servicemen and women who have served in wartime or similar situations such as during peace-keeping missions, whether or not commissioned by the UN.

Features of this group

During their deployment they may have been confronted with death threats or serious injuries – to themselves or to others – that have given rise to intense feelings of fear, loathing or helplessness.
 
Foundation Centrum '45 treats veterans who served in the Netherlands East Indies, in Korea or in New-Guinea during the 1940-1945 period as well as veterans who have served in peace-keeping missions in, for example, Lebanon, Cambodia, the former Yugoslavia, Bosnia, Iraq or Afghanistan.
 
National Care System Veterans [Landelijk Zorgsysteem Veteranen]      
 
                                                                                                     

 

 

Foundation Centrum ’45 is a part of the National Care System Veterans and provides highly specialist care within this network.
Want to find out more about the LZV?

Partners of veterans can address their questions to the Central Registration Point Veterans (CAP) at zorg@veteraneninstituut.nl or on +31 (0)343 47 41 48 (available 24/7).
 
Concise care programme Veterans
Foundation Centrum ’45 treats people on the basis of care programmes. Among other things, these programmes define extensively the general features of a specific target group, a typical help request and the treatment goals for a target group. With every target group you will find a concise version of the care programme.

More information is to be found in the brochure Veterans.

 

Personal stories
"During my time in Lebanon I witnessed five shellings. My unit met with a lot of tensions, fear and anger: we had a job to do, had to keep things calm and we couldn’t. Only, we didn’t talk about this fear and the feelings of powerlessness. Compared with my father, who was put to forced labour in Germany in 1943, I felt I had seen nothing.

Once I returned to civilian life, I remained wary. I quickly felt under threat, tried to avoid risks where possible. Having children makes you emotionally dependent. The powerlessness and the threats from my time in Lebanon resurfaced again at difficult moments, and it was at the advice of my wife that I sought help.

I was used to working things through on my own, but then noticed that the very sharing of experiences helps me forward. It has taken me twenty years to realize: the circumstances I then lived in were those of a war. Even peace-keeping missions are 'war'. You have to give those experiences their proper place, in whatever way."