RESOLVE, the national US infertility association is campaigning for military veterans to be given access to assisted reproductive treatment via the Veterans Administration
The charity has said the Veterans Administration (VA) covers all medical treatment for veterans but if you are injured and it impairs or damages your ability to have children, then the VA bans IVF due to ‘outdated legislation’.
This was the motivation for the charity to start the #IVF4Vets campaign to help veterans. In 2016 and 2018 the organisation had some success with securing funding from advocates so the VA policy could cover IVF for wounded veterans. But the changes and funding are scheduled to revert by the end of 2019 and so the charity is now ramping up its fight to get the policy and funding provision permanently changed.
RESOLVE’s vision for military veterans
A RESOLVE spokeswoman said: “We’re continuing the fight for justice in reproduction for veterans, to extend the benefit past 2019. And let’s be clear: we’re beginning with coverage for wounded veterans, but our vision is coverage for every veteran.
“Through the Women Veterans and Families Health Services Act of 2019, veterans have a chance at the family they always dreamed of. For many wounded veterans, assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF may be their only hope of ever having a biological child with their spouse or partner.”