American Ex-Prisoners of War

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AXPOW Mission Statement: Prisoners of War is a service organization that aims to assist the surviving U.S. military prisoner of war (POWs), particularly those who are elderly and those who have medical problems. Based in Arlington, Texas, the American Ex–Prisoners of War was founded in 1942. It received a congressional charter under Title 36 of the United States Code in 1982. The group claims a membership of 20,000 members in some 300 chapters nationwide.

AXPOW Mission Motto: Not by Arms Alone

American Ex-Prisoners of War National Headquarters
AXPOW HQ Address/AXPOW Map: AXPOW Online
3201 East Pioneer Parkway #40
Arlington, TX 76010
Telephone: (817) 649-2979 Make a donation AXPOW EIN: 94-1430564
AXPOW Date Founded: April 14, 1942
AXPOW Congressionally Chartered: August 10, 1982 36 U.S. Code Chapter 209
AXPOW Leadership: Ann T Dillon
National Commander: Charles Susino, Jr.
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AXPOW History:
Prisoners of War is a service organization that aims to assist the surviving U.S. military prisoner of war (POWs), particularly those who are elderly and those who have medical problems. Based in Arlington, Texas, the American Ex–Prisoners of War was founded in 1942. It received a congressional charter under Title 36 of the United States Code in 1982. The group claims a membership of 20,000 members in some 300 chapters nationwide.


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AXPOW Membership Eligibility Requirements:
The group is open to former American POWs of all wars and their immediate families. Its service officers have assisted POW veterans in securing medical services and other entitlements. Former POWs may be eligible for special veterans benefits, including medical care in Veterans Affairs hospitals and disability compensation for injuries and diseases caused by internment. These benefits are in addition to regular veterans’ benefits and services to which they are also entitled. Widows and minor children of former POWs may qualify for special benefits and compensation.
Number of Chapters: 193
Members: 20,000


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36 U.S. Code Chapter 209 – AMERICAN EX-PRISONERS OF WAR

§ 20901 – Definition
For purposes of this chapter, “State” includes the District of Columbia and the territories and possessions of the United States.

§ 20902 – Organization
(a)Federal Charter.—
American Ex-Prisoners of War (in this chapter, the “corporation”), a nonprofit corporation incorporated in the State of Washington, is a federally chartered corporation.
(b)Expiration of Charter.—
If the corporation does not comply with any provision of this chapter, the charter granted by this chapter expires.

§ 20903 – Purposes
The purposes of the corporation are as provided in the articles of incorporation and include—
(1) encouraging fraternity for the common good;
(2) fostering patriotism and loyalty;
(3) assisting widows and orphans of deceased ex-prisoners of war;
(4) assisting ex-prisoners of war who have been injured or disabled as a result of their service;
(5) maintaining allegiance to the United States;
(6) preserving and defending the United States from all enemies; and
(7) maintaining historical records.

§ 20904 – Membership
Except as provided in this chapter, eligibility for membership in the corporation and the rights and privileges of members are as provided in the bylaws.

§ 20905 – Governing body
(a)Board of Directors.—
The board of directors and the responsibilities of the board are as provided in the articles of incorporation.
(b)Officers.—
The officers and the election of officers are as provided in the articles of incorporation.

§ 20906 – Powers
The corporation has only the powers provided in its bylaws and articles of incorporation filed in each State in which it is incorporated.

§ 20907 – Exclusive right to name and emblem
The corporation has the exclusive right to use and to allow others to use the name “American Ex-Prisoners of War” and the official American Ex-Prisoners of War emblem or any colorable simulation of that emblem. This section does not affect any vested rights.

§ 20908 – Restrictions
(a)Stock and Dividends.—
The corporation may not issue stock or declare or pay a dividend.
(b)Political Activities.—
The corporation or a director or officer as such may not contribute to, support, or participate in any political activity or in any manner attempt to influence legislation.
(c)Distribution of Income or Assets.—
The income or assets of the corporation may not inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to, a director, officer, or member during the life of the charter granted by this chapter. This subsection does not prevent the payment of reasonable compensation to an officer or reimbursement for actual necessary expenses in amounts approved by the board of directors.
(d)Loans.—
The corporation may not make a loan to a director, officer, or employee.
(e)Claim of Governmental Approval or Authority.—
The corporation may not claim congressional approval or the authority of the United States Government for any of its activities.

§ 20909 – Duty to maintain corporate and tax-exempt status
(a)Corporate Status.—
The corporation shall maintain its status as a corporation incorporated under the laws of the State of Washington.
(b)Tax-Exempt Status.—
The corporation shall maintain its status as an organization exempt from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 1 et seq.).

§ 20910 – Records and inspection
(a)Records.—The Corporation shall keep—
(1) correct and complete records of account;
(2) minutes of the proceedings of its members, board of directors, and committees having any of the authority of its board of directors; and
(3) at its principal office, a record of the names and addresses of its members entitled to vote.
(b)Inspection.—
A member entitled to vote, or an agent or attorney of the member, may inspect the records of the corporation for any proper purpose, at any reasonable time.

§ 20911 – Service of process
The corporation shall comply with the law on service of process of each State in which it is incorporated and each State in which it carries on activities.

§ 20912 – Liability for acts of officers and agents
The corporation is liable for the acts of its officers and agents acting within the scope of their authority.

§ 20913 – Annual report
The corporation shall submit an annual report to Congress on the activities of the corporation during the prior fiscal year. The report shall be submitted at the same time as the report of the audit required by section 10101 of this title. The report may not be printed as a public document.

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