Fact sheet ‘Veterans & the Media’


This fact sheet explores the perception of Dutch veterans in the media. Appreciation and perception are closely linked terms. Some veterans feel unappreciated or underappreciated and also make reference to the media which, they say, sometimes treats them ‘unfairly’. When they say this, veterans are alluding to articles containing half-truths or which describe their former military deployment in an accusatory or critical tone. It is clear from research into the perception of veterans that such ‘veteran-hostile’ articles are not representative of the media’s view of veterans.


Since 2004, the Veterans’ Institute’s Knowledge and Research Centre has been researching how veterans are perceived in the media, initially in collaboration with Erasmus University Rotterdam. The research covers the print media only. An initial analysis of all daily and weekly newspapers in the Netherlands between 2000 and 2005 inclusive produced a collection of more than one thousand articles. Those articles provided a good idea of how the print media portrays veterans. In 2009, this research was supplemented by research into how the print media of 2008 perceives veterans. The number of articles on veterans amounted to 175 that year. Angelique van Tilburg has carried out more recent research, using a different methodology, into the reporting on veterans in the five biggest national and five biggest regional newspapers (2012/2013) on behalf of the Veterans’ Institute.

Full Reference

Veteraneninstituut, 2014. Veterans & the Media. Fact sheet.