American Ex-Prisoners of War
A not-for-profit, Congressionally-chartered veterans’ service organization advocating for former prisoners of war and their families.

Established April 14, 1942


POW Medsearch Packets
AXPOW's Medsearch Project was the creation of Stan Sommers, who served as the organization's National Commander in 1980-1981. It produced a total of 15 informational materials and booklets dealing with different aspects of the POW experience and its effects soldiers who endured the experience. Packet topics ranged from the study of long term physical and psychological problems resulting from incarceration, maltreatment, starvation and torture, providing financial and family planning guidance and assistance for applying for veterans benefits.

The project targeted several distinct audiences: former prisoners of war and their families, professional researchers seeking to develop a more precise picture of the issues associated with the prisoner of war experience, and government, regulatory and policy-making officials whose understanding of the broad-ranging problems POWs can encounter adjusting to the physical, mental and social stresses of civilian life were sometimes sketchy or even misinformed.

The limited numbers of remaining print copies these packets make public distribution no longer practical, and over the passage some of the documents now have more historical than informational. Nonetheless, they represent an important achievement and a major contributor to the extant knowledge base about the POW experience. An effort is underway to make as many of these materials as possible publicly accessible here in digital form.

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VA Claim Information
Packet 1
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Stresses of Incarceration & After Effects Extreme Stress
Covers the after effects on the nerves and body organs
Packet 2
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After Effects of Imprisonment
Covers arthritis, alcoholism, visual, ulcers, varicose veins, impotency, brain damage, etc.
Packet 3
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After Effects of Imprisonment
Part 1: The heart, arteries and veins; Part 2: Cancer
Packet 4, 56 pp., Published in 1988
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What Every Wife should Know Before She Is Your Widow
Social Security, insurance, burial procedures, allowances, etc. including what a pathologist should look for in an autopsy
Packet 5
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Micro-Film Index: Asiatic Theater Japanese
Possible help in locating POW records
Packet 6
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Micro-Film Index: European Theater - Germany
Possible help in locating POW records
Packet 7
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The European Story, History of POWs in Germany, and after-effects
Packet 8
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The Korea Story, History of POWs in Korea, and after-effects
Packet 9
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The Japanese Story
(History of POWs in Japan, and after-effects.)
Packet 10, 83 pp., Published in 1980.
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NSO Director Answers Your Questions
Packet 11
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The Modern Day Tragedy
Medical & claims evidence in support of PL 97-37
 
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POW: The American Experience
An overview on the POW experience
Reviews vitamin deficiencies, infectious diseases and service-connected statistics
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Map of Location of German POW Camps
Shows location of 76 camps
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Map of Location of Japanese POW Camps
21" x 32" with camps featured in red
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Map of Locations of Korean War POW Camps
Shows location of 14 camps
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Map of Locations of Vietnamese War POW Camps
795 Americans are known to have been taken prisoner during the Vietnam war (725 military and 70 civilians), the majority of them downed airmen.
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