More returning troops take welfare benefits

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U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Derek Renaud, 34, of Angola, New York, looks on as an Afghan national army soldier tries zeroing his weapon at Kabul Military Training Center, March 17. Renaud, officer in charge of the range during qualification and zeroing of M16s, Source: Wikimedia

More and more people who participated in military missions abroad register for welfare benefits due to all sorts of complaints.

Last year 1,668 returning troops asked for assistance, compared to 1,258 in 2013. This is according to information that Minister Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert sent to the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, NOS reports. Last year 227 soldiers who took part in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan applied for assistance, compared to 166 in 2013 and 119 in 2012.

The Defense Minister believes that the increase is due to the opening of the Veterans Loket, where soldiers can get answers on questions about assistance since 2014.