The two War Laws of the SVB (Sociale Verzekeringsbank), namely W.U.V. – W.U.B.O.
Recently I’ve been in contact with Hans Sweep, a retired Eurasian, who has work for many years as an Indo social worker in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. He has helped dozens of Eurasian in the Netherlands who applied for the specific benefits to put together the required reports. Over the years he has also collected a lot of information and experience that he wanted to share with us.
His practical information is so important, that I decided to write and publish his knowhow in English as well as in the Dutch language. After all, why is it that one person gets a benefit and the other does not? And this happened even in the family circle whereby a few qualify and another don’t. Often, it also has to do with the official or designated person abroad who has been appointed to visit the applicant and asking the questions.
The W.U.V. (benefit Act for victims of persecution 1940 – 1945)
- First, you have to have experienced war disasters, including war bombing, shelling, have seen corpses of people, who have been cut into pieces or drifting in the kali (River)
- If you’ve experienced war calamities you are recognized as a war victim.
- If you are recognized as a war victim, you can get a benefit, if the doctor or psychiatrist determines that you become permanently physically and/or mentally disabled by the war. There must be a causal connection between the disability and the war! Most physical complaints has been rejected because it is often age-related. However, if you have been declared permanently disabled by mental illness, you will received a benefit.
- Most of us do not know what psychological symptoms are to be counted for the 3 war laws W.U.V. – W.U.B.O. – A.O.R.
Below you will find a collection of psychological symptoms, which determine your eligibility being a war victim. When filling in the application or a renewed request, the applicant must state to the rapporteur and to the psychiatrist by saying:
I suffer from:
- 1. Getting to sleep and sleep disorders
- Anxiety dreams/nightmares (those with the war)
- Anxious feelings
- Crying spells
- Memory loss
- Excessive sweating
- Temper tantrums or aggressive behavior
- Tension headaches
- Avoidance behavior
- Concentration problems
- Heart palpitations
- Panic reactions or increased startle reactions
- Dizzy spells
- Tend to retreat
- Claustrophobia or other phobias (fear to cross a square)
- Separation anxiety
- Depressive moods
- Chronic fatigue
- Loss of interest
- Tend to shut down, to withdraw, to isolate
Of course, you don’t have to suffer from everything. But perhaps you will recognize some complaints. And of course the frequency is also important; or you suffer 5 to 6 times a month or maybe just once a year. Most rapporteurs let you tell your story, but practically speaking they will never talk with you about all the above 26 psychological symptoms with you, but what really should happen. Also in the case of repeated request and any correspondence the treating physicians and specialists should be mentioned by name.
The Evaluation Committee also evaluates the following 4 categories:
- How is your daily functioning?
- Your social functioning
- Ability to concentrate
- Dealing with stress
Certainly in 2 categories you should have significant limitations
Then the Anti hardness law (A.H.)
Applies if you have insufficient psychological complaints sustained by the war, but you still experience psychological symptoms by the death of father or mother in the Japanese POW camp (valid to W.U.V.)
Possible questions of the W.U.B.O. doctor!
Benefit Act of Citizens, victims of war crimes 1940-1945
(Duration of questioning about 2 hours)
The doctor introduces himself and tells in brief the purpose of this conversation. He must present a medical report (causal relationship between symptoms, physical and psychological) and the war period
With other words – your symptoms are the consequence of the war or hereditary factors or age factors, etc.
Any questions that the doctor can ask:
- Can you describe yourself? E.g. I’m social, sometimes angrily, interest in politics, sports, I like cosines and good food, am generally positive (or negative) set
- How was the relationship with the parents?
- How was your youth or school period?
- How is your day format (or what do you do all day?) (like reading, gardening, housework, etc.)
- Who does the housework?
- Who does the grocery shopping?
- Who does the cooking and who do the vacuum?
- What time are you going to bed?
- Do you sleep easy in?
- And if you need to go to the toilet in the middle of the night or you have a nightmare, will you sleep easy in?
- Which kind of nightmares do you have?
- Can you tell me your last nightmare?
- How many times do you have a nightmare per week or per month?
- How is the relationship with your spouse, brothers, sisters, parents, and children? Do you see them often?
- Do you have many friends and/or acquaintances?
- Would you like to see them more often?
- Have you ever been to the city?
- Drive with the bus and the train?
- Where did you especially suffer from? (Complaints, diseases, pains, etc.)
- What medications are you using?
- Are you under treatment of a specialist? (Name and phone) Or why not?
- Have you ever had therapy for your symptoms?
- Have you ever been under treatment of a psychologist – psychiatrist? When and for how long?
- What do you like? Any hobbies, like cooking, photography?
- Do you watch war movie?
- Are you afraid of a small space or in an elevator?
- What fears do you suffer?
- Are there any questions that you want to ask me?
- Are there any other subjects you want to tell me about and not yet dealt in the conversation?
- E.g. what are your hobbies, what are your interests, and your attitude to life?
In order to qualify for a benefit from the WUV / WUBO you must have limitations in 2 of the 4 life categories.
- In daily functioning
- In social functioning
- In dealing with stress, and / or stressful circumstances
- In cross-tenability, can finish things
P.s.: The W.U.V. makes no point of what nationality you are (passport); the W.U.B.O. requires you being a citizen of The Netherlands.