Wednesday April 4

The International Conference on Veterans Health Care offers 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 that 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
09.35 Tom van ’t Hek, MD - Welcome
09.40 Jozias van Aartsen, Mayor of Amsterdam - Opening of the conference
09.45 Angelien Eijsink, MSc - Opening speech
09.55 Ank Bijleveld, Minister of Defence - Speech
10.10 Prof. Uri Rosenthal, chairman of The Council for Civil-Military Care and Reasearch (RZO) Speech
10.30 Coffee Break
10.50 Barry Hofstede, veteran - Key note Veteran 
11.20 Martin Elands, MSc - Key note: The Historic outlines of Dutch veterans health care
11.45 Col Berend Berendsen, MD - Key note: LZV: the Dutch approach
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, (UK) - Key Note: British perspectives on families and the veterans support system
14.10 Trudy Mooren, PhD (NLD) - Key note: Dutch perspectives on families and the veterans support system
14.40 Heidi Cramm, PhD (CN)- Key note: Canadian perspectives on families and the veterans support system
15.10 Break
15.40 Partners and family of veterans - Plenary discussion - Moderator: Col Rakesh Jetly, MD
16.10 Discussion with key note speakers and partners and family of veterans - Moderator: 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 Scheepvaartmuseum
17.30 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







  Karel Doorman Fonds