Former Prisoners of War
One of the highest priorities of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is meeting the needs of Former Prisoners of War (FPOWs), extraordinary men and women who have endured captivity, suffered extreme deprivation and sacrificed their own freedom to preserve the freedom of all Americans.
Former POWs receive special priority for health care in VA hospitals and clinics. They are exempt from making means test copayments for inpatient and outpatient medical care and medications. They also are eligible for dental care, eyeglasses and hearing aids. Extended care services such as in-home care and nursing home care are also available. The wives and widows of former POWs are also eligible for some benefits.
VA San Diego Healthcare System has a dedicated FPOW Advocate who can assist you with:
- providing information and resources about your benefits
- provides supportive counseling or connect Veterans with supportive agencies in the community
- helps with needed clinical services
- facilitates weekly meetings/support groups every Thursday at 12:00 p.m. in Mission Valley Clinic (4th Floor)
- coordinates two POW commemorations observed annually
For more information about FPOW program at VA San Diego Healthcare System, please call:
Eileen Holman, LCSW
VA Mission Valley Clinic
8810 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108
The VA actively reaches out to all former POWs who are not receiving their deserved VA benefits. We will gladly assist any POW with their questions and in initiating or reopening a claim.