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Prisoners of War Disability

Prisoners of War:
Former prisoners of war (POW's) who were held captive for at least 30 days are entitled to a presumption of service connection for disabilities resulting from certain diseases if they manifest to a degree of 10% or greater, regardless how long after release from active duty the problems were discovered. The laws pertaining to POW's are constantly changing, so please call the VA or the POW hotline to find out about new benefits for the POW or his/ her spouse/dependents.

The national hotline is offered with 24-hour service to assist former POW's at 1-800-821-8139.