Former Prisoners of War Program - San Francisco VA Health Care System
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San Francisco VA Health Care System


Former Prisoners of War Program

One of the highest priorities of the Department of Veterans Affairs is meeting the needs of former Prisoners of War (POWs), 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 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.  The wives and widows of former POWs are also eligible for some pension benefits.

A Former POW support group for WWII Veterans of the Asian Theater meets twice monthly in Bldg. 8, 2nd Floor, Room 211, on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, from 10 - 10:45 a.m.

Our VA Medical Center is in contact with the Luzviminda Chapter of the American Ex-POW Organization.

We host a biennial POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony in the Fall. For more information about the American Former Prisoners of War Program click here.* 

The VA actively reaches out to all former POWs who are not receiving their deserved VA benefits.  We will gladly assist any POW with questions and in initiating or reopening a claim.

Any questions should be directed to our Social Work Service, 415-221-4810, ext. 2-2044.

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Contact Info


  • Bldg. 2
    Room 80

Contact Number(s)

  • 415-221-4810 Ext. 2-2044

Hours of Operation

  • Monday - Friday
    8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.