WASHINGTON, Jan. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On January 19, 2017, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued an interim final rule amending its regulation regarding fertility counseling and treatment available to qualifying veterans and their spouses. Today, services finally became available to veterans, and Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) National President Al Kovach, Jr. issued the following statement:
"When a member of the U.S. Armed Services returns home with catastrophic loss or injury, it is incumbent on this country to do everything possible to make him or her whole again, with every opportunity for a fulfilling civilian life. The ability to have a family isn't and shouldn't be an exception to that commitment. Paralyzed Veterans celebrates this momentous day, and envisions a future for our veterans that recognizes all sacrifices equally.
We applaud Senator Murray for leading the way on this legislation, and for her steadfast commitment to our nation's veterans. Paralyzed Veterans will continue to work with our partners to repeal the existing ban on reproductive services, and ensure they are a permanent part of VA medical services."
VA coverage currently allows for veterans and their spouses with a service-connected reproductive injury to pursue assisted reproductive technologies that include in vitro fertilization (IVF). Mirroring Department of Defense services, VA will fund a maximum of three cycles of IVF. The funding is authorized through September 30, 2018.
About Paralyzed Veterans of America
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.
As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
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