What is the procedure?
The procedure will start as soon as we receive your letter.
The procedure is as follows:
- we will send forms to you, or your representative
- we will make an appointment with you to draw up a social report
- an investigation will take place into the wartime events
- if your wartime experiences are confirmed, a medical assessment will take place
- and an enquiry into your financial situation
- finally, you will receive the results of the investigation/assessment and our decision.
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- How to obtain an application form
If you write us a letter asking for an application form, we will first send you a general application form. After you have completed and returned the general application form, we will send you a second form with questions about your medical situation.
If you would like help with filling in the forms, please call us on +31 (0)71 5356888.
- Social report
To process your application, we will need information about your wartime experiences, your personal circumstances, and your state of health. You will be asked to give this information in person during an extensive interview. If you wish, you can bring a relative or friend with you. A report will be drawn up of the interview, and you will be sent a copy.
In the Netherlands, the report will be drawn up by a member of staff from Stichting 1940-1945, an organization specialized in assisting with applications from former members of the resistance. This organization will also inform you about the Wbp scheme, and about the support offered by social workers. Stichting 1940-1945 can be reached at www.st4045.nl
Stichting 1940-1945 will normally also provide reports for people outside the Netherlands, but sometimes this will be done by a member of staff of the Dutch Embassy or Consulate. The interview can also take place over the telephone.
- Investigation into what happened during the war
The Stichting 1940-1945 foundation will assess whether the resistance activities described in the social report can be regarded as participation in the resistance. Stichting 1940-1945 will then seek to confirm the relevant activities, for example, by consulting the archives of the Dutch Red Cross and the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation. Stichting 1940-1945 will inform us about the results and issue a recommendation regarding recognition.
If no evidence is found of relevant resistance activities, the investigation will stop. This does not mean that we do not believe what you say. It does mean, however, that we must reject your application. You will receive a decision about this.
A medical assessment will not be carried out until your resistance activities have been confrimed and you have applied for financial support.
- Medical assessment
Our physician will make an appointment with you to speak to you personally. We will also ask your doctors or specialists for information. Our physician will determine whether your health complaints stem from your resistance activities during the war.
If you have psychological health complaints due to the resistance activities of others, the physician will determine whether your living circumstances were severely disrupted during and after the war.
Our physician will also assess whether you can get financial support because of permanent damage to your health.
- Financial enquiry
If it appears from the medical assessment that you may qualify for financial support, we will carry out a financial enquiry. We may ask you for additional details of your income to determine the amount of your pension or allowance.
- When can you expect to receive a decision?
Statutory time limits
We are obliged by law to deal with your application within 9 months. If this is not possible, we will notify you, and the processing period will be extended by one period of 8 weeks. If we ask you or an organization outside the Netherlands for information, the processing period will be temporarily suspended. In other words, the time needed to obtain the required details will not count towards the processing time. If we are not able to make a decision with the statutory time limit, you can declare us in default and claim a penalty payment. If that is the case, we will inform you further.
When we have finished our assessment, we will send you a letter containing our decision. The letter will also explain what you can do if you disagree with our decision.
If you are awarded a pension or an allowance towards expenses, we will send you a calculation decision and a payment notification at a later date, with details of the amounts paid.