Membership in the American Ex-Prisoners of War organization is open to all former prisoners of war (captured because of their American citizenship) from any theater in any war, all former civilian internees and the families/descendents of such persons. There is no such thing as an "associate" member, and we have no auxiliaries. Each and every member is entitled to all privileges of membership.
At the present time, the American Ex-Prisoners of War has more than 300 Chapters and State Departments around the country. We meet, socialize and bond with our comrades.
Our purpose is our slogan: "We exist to help those who cannot help themselves." Our organization of former POW's (military and civilian) and their families has helped many victims deal with the enduring trauma of their capture through friendships with those who shared a common experience. These friendships have become lasting, life-long relationships.