Congress Considers Funding for Veterans’ Fertility Treatment

During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly 1,400 servicemen and women suffered injuries that left them infertile. If a bill introduced on April 14 is approved by Congress, the VA may soon begin providing funding for IVF fertility treatment for veterans who want to conceive a child. Veterans who are paralyzed due to injuries or traumatic brain injuries and those with injuries to the pelvis, groin or spinal cord frequently have difficulty conceiving. For some, the process may be impossible entirely. “Here’s the reality, thousands of men and women in uniform — many in their early 20s — have suffered injuries on the battlefield that left them unable to have children naturally,” said Sen Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington, who sponsored an…