23 May 2016
On 20 May 2016, WVF President Mr. Dan-Viggo Bergtun, accompanied by WVF Peace and Security Division representative Col. Zdzislaw Jamka (Poland), met Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Mr. Hervé Ladsous, at the UN Headquarters in New York, USA.
Mr. Ladsous, formerly France’s ambassador to China, Indonesia and Timor-Leste, was appointed to the post by UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon in 2011, following the departure of fellow Frenchman Mr. Alain Le Roy.
The meeting was a success, with Mr. Ladsous encouraging further co-operation between the WVF and the United Nations in the future.
This meeting was part of Mr. Bergtun’s trip to the United States, where he has also met Team Rubicon Global founder, Mr. William McNulty. Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams all over the world. They have sent teams to crisis situations in Haiti, Nepal, as well as across the United States. Since being founded in 2010, Team Rubicon has grown internationally and now has a roster of over 35,000 volunteers ready to serve once again.
Photo: Mr. Hervé Ladsous (left) shakes hands with WVF President Mr. Dan-Viggo Bergtun.
26 April 2016
Dr Walter Busuttil, Director of Medical Services at WVF member association Combat Stress, has won the 2016 Soldiering On Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of 34 years’ work in the field of mental health.
For more than three decades, Dr Busuttil has supported the military community in overcoming mental health conditions, as well as developing one of the most effective treatments for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
On Friday night at the 2016 Soldiering On Awards, held at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London, he collected the Lifetime Achievement Award in front of hundreds of service personnel, veterans and representatives of UK military charities.
Afterwards, Dr Busuttil said: “I'm stunned, overwhelmed and delighted to have won the Soldiering On Lifetime Achievement Award. Credit should go to serving personnel, veterans and their families who taught me all I know about military health; my RAF training in military psychiatry and my mentors; and all the staff at Combat Stress who work so hard to meet the increasing demand for the charity's treatment and support.
was established as a not-for-profit organisation to support Service personnel and their families throughout their lives by giving recognition of the inspirational and outstanding achievements of teams or individuals through an annual awards ceremony.
The WVF extends its heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Busuttil.
Read the full article on the Combat Stress website: http://www.combatstress.org.uk/news/2016/04/walter-busuttil-soldiering-on-award/
21 April 2016
From 17-21 April 2016, WVF President, Mr. Dan-Viggo Bergtun, attended the 26th General Assembly of the Arab Veterans Union (AVU) held at the Landmark Hotel in Amman, Jordan.
Representatives from 24 countries came together to discuss plans to enhance peace and stability in the Arab world. President Bergtun was a keynote speaker at the event, which was hosted by WVF Member Association, The Jordanian Economic and Social Association of Retired Servicemen and Veterans. The meeting also included trips to the Dead Sea, the Zaatari refugee camp, and the Jordan-Syria border, highlighting Jordan’s unique geopolitical landscape.
Delegates elected Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Magraby (Egypt) as the new President of the AVU. Maj. Gen. Magraby was also present at the 28th General Assembly of the World Veterans Federation held in September 2015 in Sopot, Poland, where he delivered a speech to the Assembly. We would like to congratulate Maj. Gen. Magraby, as well as the ensemble of the AVU, on this appointment, and wish him luck in this prestigious post.
Photo: AVU President, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Magraby, with WVF President, Mr. Dan-Viggo Bergtun.