The WVF Health and Welfare Division (HWD) has the following objectives:

  1. To provide WVF members with up-to-date (scientific) information including statistics on all matters related to veteran affairs.
  2. To establish a research and development unit in this Division. This unit will be conceived as a network of researchers and specialists around the world. The HWD will promote the exchange of information in this network and it will stimulate cooperation aimed at developing methods and programs to strengthen the health and welfare of veterans. 
  3. This unit could subsequently develop into an International Institute of Veteran Affairs which will provide comprehensive services such as information, training in veteran affairs management, legislation, fundraising techniques and general research facilities. 
  4. In addition, as is formulated in resolution 2, adopted by the 28th General Assembly in Sopot, Poland, 30 August - 4 September 2015, to organize a new WVF International Conference on the psychosocial consequences and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, caused by War. Previously, 26-30 April 1998, a first WVF International Scientific Conference on the psychosocial consequences of war took place in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Since the early days of the pioneers in research and treatment of persons suffering from social, psychological and psychiatric late effects of war time experiences, a vast body of knowledge has been developed.


The Health and Welfare Division of the World Veterans Federation is composed of three members:

M. Jos Weerts (Netherlands)

Dr. Walter Busuttil (United Kingdom)

Dr. Peter Zimmermann (Germany)


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Jos Weerts is the Chairman of the Division. He works as an independent consultant, addressing stress and trauma in humanitarian and development organizations.He is one of the founders of the Veterans Institute in the Netherlands, where he worked a deputy director/head of the department for research and expertise, from 1999 until 2015.