Former Prisoners of War Program - Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
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Former Prisoners of War Program

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.

POW Program at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

  • 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 may be eligible for some benefits.
  • We host an annual POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony the third Friday in September where a special ceremonial presentation is performed by a local Veterans Service Organization.

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.

Portrait of Former Prisoner of War Advocate, Shawn Richardson

Any questions should be directed to our, Former Prisoners of War Advocate, Shawn Richardson at 615- 867-6000 extension 68638.

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  • Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

Contact Number(s)

  • 615-867-6000 Ext. 68638

Hours of Operation

  • M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.