Target: Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary of the United States Department of Veteran Affairs
Goal: Provide fertility treatments to veterans with reproductive injuries suffered while serving their country
When soldiers become wounded in battle, not just their arms, legs, and minds are affected. Many male and female soldiers suffer severe and irreversible injury to their reproductive systems, urinary tract systems, and spinal cords that render them infertile for life. In serving their country and by no fault of their own, these soldiers are unable to have children and build a happy family. Support accessible fertility treatments for wounded veterans to repay them for their service to the United States.
Democratic Washington Senator Patty Murray proposed a bill that would help veterans with wounded reproductive systems and their spouses or surrogates receive fertilization treatments. These treatments would include, but are not limited to, in vitro fertilization, intra-uterine insemination, and fertility counseling. Murray has met opposition in getting the bill passed because the program would be funded by wartime contingency funds. Nearly 2,000 veterans would benefit from this program, most of which were injured by improvised explosive devices while in the line of duty.
Sign the below petition to urge Congressional leaders to sympathize with veterans who have no chance of raising a natural family because of their service to this country. It is our responsibility to care and provide for our veterans who selflessly risked their lives for our protection.[gravityform id=1 name=Signthe Petition: ajax=false]
Dear Secretary Shinseki,
As you know, amputations, unemployment, and post-traumatic stress disorder aren’t the only conditions that United States veterans are suffering from these days. Veterans who have suffered severe and irreversible damage to their reproductive organs during battle are being robbed of their chance to raise a healthy, natural family. Fortunately, fertility methods, like in vitro fertilization and intra-uterine insemination, may be able to restore normalcy to the lives of returning veterans after they return home.
Since these treatments are often too costly and inaccessible for wounded veterans, they need your support to regain control of their lives and their bodies. I am urging you to work with healthcare companies to devise a plan to provide access to these treatments for veterans that quality under the pending Congressional bill. Thousands of veterans’ reproductive organs have been destroyed in Iraq and Afghanistan alone. Please repay our veterans for their service by helping them pursue the American dream and start families.
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