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New Bill Will Provide Fertility Assistance for Veterans

VAJanuary 30, 2013

The United States Senate recently passed a bill that will help military veterans cover the cost of assisted reproductive therapies.

The bill would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide better access to fertility treatments and adoption for veterans and their spouses.

The VA currently does not cover fertility treatments for veterans who have had severe injuries to their reproductive systems.

Army Staff Sgt. Matt Keil and his wife, Tracy, paid $32,000 out-of-pocket for IVF therapy after Keil suffered a neck injury following a bullet wound that left him paralyzed from the neck down.

Nearly 2,000 veterans suffered reproductive or urinary tract injuries between 2003 and 2011.



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