| || A Call for Former Prisoners of War |
On April 9, 2004, National Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day, VA and the VA Former Prisoner of War Advisory Committee will launch a national effort to reach U.S. veterans who are former prisoners of war with some of the following messages:
Former POWs not receiving VA benefits should contact VA at 1-800-827-1000.
- VA has benefits and health care programs for former POWs and their dependents
- VA's benefits for former POWs have expanded in recent years, including new entitlement rules for disability compensation, special eligibility for VA health care and greater access to medication and dental services. Many former POWs may not be aware of the benefits for which they are eligible even if they are currently receiving compensation
- If you are a former POW not receiving VA benefits or health care, now is the time to apply for benefits and enroll in the VA health care system
- Each VA Regional Benefits Office and VA Medical Center has a former POW coordinator on staff. VA medical centers have former POW clinical treatment teams