By Fredrica Syren
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.