The third Friday of September is National POW/MIA Recognition Day, a time to reflect on Veterans who have been held captive or are still missing. The POW/MIA flag is flown at VA facilities, various federal agencies and national war memorials. Learn more.
Special Benefits Available to Former POW
WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki wants former American prisoners of war (POWs) to be aware of the benefits and services available to them as Americans across the nation show respect and appreciation for this special group of men and women during POW/MIA National Recognition Day.
“These Veterans made great sacrifices for their country in time of war, and it is our Nation’s turn to honor them by reinforcing to them the full range of compensation, health care and benefits they have earned,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has expanded policies to cover increasing numbers of former prisoners of war.
Special benefits for former POWs include enrollment in medical care for treatment at VA hospitals and clinics without copayments, as well as disability compensation for injuries and diseases that are associated with internment.