After five years, veterans have returned to their beloved place ‘De Veldpost’ in Amsterdam North, where they can meet each other. Mayor Halsema handed over the key to the walk-in center to the veterans on Friday.
Veterans can visit each other in the meeting center and receive professional help. There are currently approximately 1,400 veterans living in and around Amsterdam. At least 5 to 8% have post-traumatic stress disorder. “Especially for them this veterans’ home is of great value. They indicate that they benefit from the company of other veterans,” according to the municipality of Amsterdam.
Walk-in house for fellow sufferers
In 2011, the veteran started a walk-in house in the former rectory on the Kometensingel for fellow sufferers in Amsterdam, called De Veldpost. A place where like-minded people could get their share of help when needed. The property was for temporary use and another five years later, but this one just didn’t meet the requirements and the veteran was eager. The municipality determines the building of housing corporation Stadgenoot.
Eugène Sandal, founder of the Veterans Amsterdam Foundation, spoke to Mayor Halsema three years ago during regional veterans’ day in Noord. He successfully said to her, “We would like our old premises back.”
Deserve appreciation and recognition
Mayor was with right wing security and liberty and liberty of our country. In addition to recognition and appreciation, they also added a pleasant, permanent meeting place in the city.”
Also for police
The Veldpost will not only be a place for veterans, but also a meeting center for former police employees. They too have often experienced very violent things. If necessary, the Amsterdam Veterans Foundation can call on care organization HVO Querido for support.