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VA Boston Healthcare System


Former Prisoner of War Program

One of the highest priorities of the Department of Veterans Affairs is meeting the needs of former Prisoners of War (POW’s), extraordinary men and women who have endured captivity, suffered extreme deprivation anFPOW Advocate Charles J. Walshd sacrificed their own freedom to preserve the freedom of all Americans.

Congress recognized this in 1981 with the passage of Public Law 97-37 entitled “Former Prisoners of War Benefit Act”.

Former POW’s with established service connected disabilities receive special priority for health care in VA hospitals and clinics.  They are exempt from making copayments for inpatient and outpatient medical care and medications.

They are eligible for dental care, eyeglasses and hearing aids.

Extended care services such as in-home care and nursing home care are available. 

Wives and widows of former POW’s are also eligible for some pension benefits.

Former POW support groups meet weekly:

• Thursday 10 a.m., room 356 - VA Boston Community Based Outpatient Clinic at  251 Causeway Street, Boston
• Monday 1:15 p.m., Brockton Campus, Bldg. #3 - conference room.

The VA actively reaches out to all former POW’s.  The FPOW advocate can assist with VA health care benefits as well as Veteran Benefit Administration claims.

Contact VA Boston's Former Prisoners of War Advocate,  Charles J. Walsh at 617-248-1141 for more information or assistance.

Contact Info


  • Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury, Brockton, Causeway, Brockton,

Contact Number(s)

  • 800-865-3384

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    8am - 4 pm