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.
POW Program at the VA Loma Linda
- 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 are also eligible for some benefits.
- A Former POW support group meets twice monthly, on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon.
- Our VA Medical Center is in close contact with two area American Ex-POW Organization Chapters: Inland Empire Chapter and the Coachella Valley Chapter.
- POW Memorial is located near by at the Riverside National Cemetery.
- We host an annual POW/MIA Recognition Ceremony each fall.
The 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.
Any questions should be directed to our, Former Prisoners of War Advocate Sheri Shileika at (800) 741-8387 ext. 1332.