Former Prisoners of War Information - Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Saginaw, Michigan
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Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center, Saginaw, Michigan


Former Prisoners of War Information

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The Saginaw VA Former Prisoner of War (FPOW) Care and Benefits Team (CBT) is comprised of:


•Mark Highsmith, Ph.D., FPOW Advocate

•Todd Myers, M.D., FPOW Primary Care Member and Consultant

•Anthony L. Albito, M.D., FPOW Compensation & Pension Member


Program Benefits


•The VA health care system affords priority treatment for former POWs.

•There are many physical and mental health presumptive conditions for which FPOWs may qualify.  Essentially, if one of the presumptive conditions is diagnosed through the VA and that information is shared with VBA, that condition is then service-connected.  Resultantly, most FPOWs are service-connected at a very high level.

•Former POWs who do not have a service-connected disability are eligible for VA hospital and nursing home care – without regard to their ability to pay.

•While former POWs are receiving treatment in an approved outpatient treatment program, they are eligible for needed medicines, glasses, hearing aids, or prosthesis.

•Former POWs are also eligible for all needed dental care.

•There is no co-payment requirement for FPOWs at VA pharmacies.

The Saginaw VA also offers a monthly social group for former prisoners of war which meets at the Saginaw VA Annex, 4241 Barnard Street, Saginaw, Michigan, on the second Wednesday of each month from 2:30 to 4:00 PM. There are refreshments and a collegial group of FPOWs and family members. The group is co-led by David Salogar, CPSS and Mark Highsmith, Ph.D., FPOW Advocate.

For more information about the FPOW social group, FPOW presumptive conditions and benefits, please contact: 

Mark Highsmith, Ph.D., Saginaw VA FPOW Advocate  989-497-2500, ext. 11798 

Contact Info


  • Saginaw VA Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 989-497-2500 Ext. 11959

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm