Wednesday April 4

The International Conference on Veterans Health Care did offer a three-day program.

Day 1 - Wednesday April 4: The Dutch approach and international perspectives on families and the veterans support system

The morning of the first day of the conference will be about the Dutch approach to the national health care system for veterans and about international perspectives on tha approach. Keynote speakers and veteran ambassadors will inspire and inform you about the objectives and themes that shape veterans health care systems. In the afternoon families and partners will take the stage.  Renowned international keynote speakers will share their views on the veterans support system, offering opportunities to strengthen our systems of care, cure and policy making. At the end of the day there will be a buffet in the Scheepsvaartmuseum and an outstanding performance of an ex-marine singing opera.


Chairman of the day: Tom van ‘t Hek, MD
09.00  Reception
Introduction of the Dutch approach
09.30 Tom van ’t Hek, MD - Welcome
09.40 Jozias van Aartsen, Mayor of Amsterdam - Opening speech
09.45 Angelien Eijsink, MSc
09.55 Ank Bijleveld, Minister of Defence
10.10 Prof. Uri Rosenthal
10.25 Coffee break
10.50 Barry Hofstede, veteran - Key note: Finding words
11.20 Martin Elands, MSc - Key note: A short history of Dutch veterans care
11.45 Col Berend Berendsen, MD - Key note: MISSION POSSIBLE - If you want to go far, go together
12.15 Plenary discussion 
12.30 Lunch
The veterans support system - Families and partners
13.30 Tom van ‘t Hek, MD - Introduction
13.40 Prof. Nicola Fear, (GBR) - Key note: What do we know about the impact of military service on families? - The Britisch perspective
14.10 Trudy Mooren, PhD (NLD) - Key note: A long way home – adjustment of military families in the aftermath of deployment: A Dutch perspective
14.40 Heidi Cramm, PhD (CAN) - Key note: Families, Mental Health and Military-to-Civilian Transition: A Canadian perspective
15.10 Break
15.40 Personal experiences of partners of veterans. Moderators: Tom van ‘t Hek, MD and Col Rakesh Jetly, MD
• Mariska Salemink-Demirtas, partner of Celalettin 'Atta' Demirtas

• Maaike van Meenen, partner of Patrick van Meenen

• Evelien in Raa, partner of Serge Janssen

16.10 Discussion with key note speakers and partners of veterans. Moderators: Tom van ‘t Hek, MD and Col Rakesh Jetly, MD
16.45 Tom van ’t Hek, MD - Closing and concluding remarks
17.00 Bastiaan Everink, veteran – Special guest
Evening program at the Scheepvaartmuseam
18.00 Tour at the Scheepvaartmuseum and drinks
19.00 Buffet
21.30 End of the day

The Dutch Veteran Office

The Veteran Office gives Dutch veterans and relatives access to existing care and service from the Ministry of Defence.

Go to the website!


Willem van Lanschotlaan 1
3941 XV Doorn

The Netherlands



+31(0)6 832 527 70








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