Definition of a ‘veteran’

Veterans are former military personnel with Dutch nationality who served the Kingdom of the Netherlands in war conditions or similar situations, such as peace missions in an international framework.

Examples include the Second World War and the wars in the former Netherlands East Indies and New Guinea, but also missions in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Angola, Haiti and the former Yugoslavia. Military personnel of the former Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL) and conscripted merchant-navy personnel from the Second World War are also veterans.