Within the working visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Major General Koba Kobaladze, Director of the State Service of Veterans Affairs, together with the representatives of the Service, members of the Georgian delegation and the hosts – management of the Netherlands Veterans Institute, visited the Assistance Dogs Training Center in Amstelveen, the Netherlands.
They got acquainted with the principles, objectives and goals of the Center. The management of the Center meticulously talked about the role and importance of four-legged helpers for disabled people. The dogs trained at the Center are great assistants to people with disabilities, including disabled veterans, especially the blind ones. The management of the Center also conducted simulation training of assistant dogs for the Georgian guests.
Later, Georgian delegation visited Utrecht Central Military Hospital and National Disaster Center of the Netherlands. The head of the hospital, Colonel Rick Bergman, gave the guests a tour of the hospital building, talked about the structural management of the hospital and the peculiarities of their activities. He specifically emphasized the importance of community support for veterans to overcome the challenges posed by the post-war syndrome and the programs developed to overcome these challenges. The members of the Georgian delegation met with the Dutch military doctors, shared their experiences and discussed the prospects of future cooperation.
As a reminder, General Major Koba Kobaladze, Director of the State Service of Veterans Affairs, and the representatives of the Service are paying their working visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the official invitation of the Netherlands Veterans Institute. The delegation also includes members of the Defense and Security Committee of the Parliament of Georgia – Gia Benashvili and Aleksandre Tabatadze, Public Defender Levan Ioseliani, representatives of Maro Makhashvili Military Servicemen’s Rehabilitation Center and the Defense and Security Civil Council.
The visit of Koba Kobaladze and the Georgian delegation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands continues.