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Cablegate: Netherlands Request for Treatment of Sergeant

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TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 3787
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STATE: PASS TO PM/ISO: RODNEY BETHEA

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: MARR MASS MCAP IZ NL
SUBJECT: NETHERLANDS REQUEST FOR TREATMENT OF SERGEANT
MAJOR K.W. BOON

1. SUMMARY. The Dutch Ministry of Defense (MOD) has
requested medical evaluation at Walter Reed Army Medical
Center for Sergeant-Major K.W. Boon for "Medically
Unexplained Physical Symptoms (MUPS)" following his
deployment to Northern Iraq in 1991. Preliminary
coordination has been accomplished for evaluation and
appropriate follow-on outpatient care with MOD funding the
costs of the programs and all travel expenses. Ambassador
Levin strongly concurs with this request. END SUMMARY.

2. Sergeant-Major K.W. Boon, a member of the Royal
Netherlands Marine Corps, has been evaluated by Dutch medical
experts with no success. The MOD Principal Director of
Personnel, Lieutenant General J.G. A. Leijh has authorized
further evaluation by an "external institute" and officially
requested DOD evaluation. Preliminary coordination has been
accomplished with Walter Reed Army Medical Center for a
five-day pre-program evaluation and if needed a three-week
Track 1 Specialized Care program. The programs and all
travel expenses will be funded by the Royal Dutch Navy
through their Point of Contact in the Dutch Caribbean Naval
Command, Commander A.J.N. Liefting MD, Chief Medical Officer.

3. The Dutch have been a valued partner in our security
efforts including both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Approval of this request is in the best interests of our
continued relationship and has the full endorsement of
Ambassador Levin.
LEVIN

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