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Special VA benefits offered former POWs

Published Oct. 18, 2005

The Veterans Administration provides special benefits for former prisoners of war. For example, former POWs who are not service-connected disabled are eligible for VA hospital and nursing home care without regard to ability to pay. They are also eligible for outpatient care on a priority basis second only to service-connected disabled veterans.

While they are receiving treatment in an approved outpatient program, they are eligible for needed medicine, glasses, hearing aids or prosthesis. If the POW internment was more than 90 days, they are eligible for all dental care.

A Prisoner of War Medal, authorized by Congress, is available for issue. The medal will be issued to any person who was held captive after April 5, 1917.

Former prisoners of war, or the next of kin may apply for the medal by writing to the military records center of the branch of service in which they served during imprisonment as POWs. Applications and assistance are available at our offices.

We ask everyone to take a few minutes each day to remember our Armed Forces in the Middle East.

For information, call (813) 847-8112 or (904) 521-4286 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.