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Bill Would Expand Fertility Coverage for Veterans

By Fredrica Syren

I know many who have turned to fertility treatment in order to have their dream of a baby come true. For some, however, the expense can be overwhelming and sometimes not even an option.

There are some veterans severely injured on duty, their best hope for having children is in vitro fertilization, an expensive and time-consuming medical procedure, the cost of which currently isn’t covered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, the Senate is considering a bill that would expand the VA’s medical benefits package so other veterans and their spouses or surrogates don’t have to bear the expense. This department currently covers a range of medical treatments for veterans, including some infertility care, but the legislation now being considered specifically authorizes the VA to cover IVF and to pay for procedures now provided for some critically injured active-duty soldiers.

Since 2003, more than 1,830 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have suffered pelvic fractures and genitourinary injuries that could affect their ability to reproduce, according to the Pentagon.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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