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Medical Care for former Prisoners of War (POWs)

Published 04/26/2005 09:34 AM   |    Updated 03/01/2011 05:05 PM
Are former Prisoners of War (POWs) entitled to any special benefits?
Former POWs receive special priority for VA health-care enrollment, even if their illness has not been formally associated with their service. Former POWs are exempt from making means test co-payments for inpatient and outpatient medical care and medications, but they have the same co-pay rules as other veterans for extended care. They also are now eligible for dental care without any length-of-internment requirement.