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PRISONER OF WAR. One who has been captured while fighting under the banner of some state. He is a prisoner, although never confined in a prison.
     2. In modern times, prisoners are treated with more humanity than formerly; the individual captor has now no personal right to his prisoner. Prisoners are under the superintendence of the government, and they are now frequently exchanged. Vide 1 Kent, Com. 14.
     3. It is a general rule, that a prisoner is out of the protection of the laws of the state, so for, that he can have no civil remedy under them, and he can, therefore, maintain no action. But his person is protected against all unlawful acts. Bac. Ab. Abatement, b. 3; Bac. Ab. Aliens, D.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The VA healthcare system offers priority treatment for former POWs. Those with service-connected disabilities are eligible for VA healthcare, including hospital, nursing-home, and outpatient treatment.
Several incidents in which German propaganda films or films related to the war - about the Kaiser or other POW camps - were deliberately shown to British POWs by their captors were recorded.
The idea for the day of remembrance was conceived by a group of former POWs and their families, friends, and historians in the United Kingdom.
McCain's bitter feud with POW activists aside, in his article Schanberg offered 10 key pieces of evidence to prove, definitively, that the Nixon administration left POWs in Vietnam.
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He stressed that his movement is committed to its pledge regarding the release of the POWs, saying this obligation is "irreversible".
Mansell and Holmes have expertly developed a chronological flow which makes it effortless to follow the story of the Guam POWs.
These PoWs were used as slave labourers in the German stalags in Poland working in chemical factories, coal mines, salt mines and farming.
Preliminary facts show that the number of Palestinian and Arab POWs detained in occupation camps was an estimated 9,000 Palestinian and Arab POWs.
While those fighting on the front line could send home letters and cards to loved ones, POWs were generally unable to make any direct contact.
These laws provided POWs' rights to shelter, food, and medical care to ensure they were treated humanely.
Without books, television, magazines, newspapers, or other forms of information or entertainment, these POWs turned to each other as their only source of learning, encouragement, and inspiration.