Former Prisoner of War Law and Legal Definition

By virtue of 38 USCS § 101, "former prisoner of war" means a person who, while serving in the active military, naval or air service, was forcibly detained or interned in line of duty-

(A) by an enemy government or its agents, or a hostile force, during a period of war; or

(B) by a foreign government or its agents, or a hostile force, under circumstances which the Secretary finds to have been comparable to the circumstances under which persons have generally been forcibly detained or interned by enemy governments during periods of war.