Our nation’s Veterans bravely serve our country knowing they may return as civilians with service-connected disabilities. However, in deciding to join the military they probably did not consider they might have to sacrifice parenthood.
Good news. If you are a Veteran with service-connected infertility, you may be eligible for treatment. VA regulations were amended to offer in vitro fertilization (IVF) evaluation and treatment to Veterans with service-connected conditions that resulted in infertility, as well as to their spouses. This is a long-awaited benefit for many Veteran couples.
VA also provides infertility evaluation, management, and treatment services to all Veterans who are enrolled and eligible for VA health care, regardless of service-connection. Infertility care is available either at your local VA medical facility or through referral to health care providers in your community. For more information, check out the VA Infertility Brochure.
“IVF can be a very stressful process. We are thankful for VA’s IVF benefits, as we are now pregnant with fraternal twins!” — Veteran, US Army
How to Access VA’s Infertility Services
Veterans interested in infertility services should contact their VA health care provider. Veterans can also contact their local VA Women Veteran Program Manager for more information about infertility services.
Adopting? You may be eligible for reimbursement.
VA is now providing reimbursement of qualifying adoption expenses incurred by Veterans with a service-connected disability that results in infertility. Covered Veterans may request reimbursement for qualifying adoption expenses incurred for adoption finalized after September 29, 2016. More information can be found on the Federal Register.
For more information on IVF treatment please visit VHA Office of Community Care.
Author: This article was submitted to VAntage Point by VA’s Women’s Health Services Office Created in 1988, the Women Veterans Health Program was created to streamline services for women Veterans in order to provide more cost-effective medical and psychosocial care. VA’s Women’s Health Services office provides programmatic and strategic support to implement positive changes in the provision of care for all women Veterans.