The US Congress is unsure whether wounded Army veterans deserve a second chance to raise a family. Army personnel defend their nation at the expense of leaving their homes and families and fighting in a hostile environment and at times end up giving up their lives for peace at home. But it seems America wants more from them: their dreams of starting a family and having children.
In 1992 the government issued a ban which stated that the government won’t bear any longer the cost of IVF fertilization for Army veterans who got injured in such a way that they couldn’t conceive on their own. Earlier, the state knew it had a moral obligation to provide the expensive fertilization services to the unfortunate army veterans who possibly couldn’t afford the service at their pay grade.
Fortunately, Senator Patty Murray is on a mission to get the Congress that does not feel the responsibility or concern for its veterans who can’t have a family, to do just the opposite. For four years she has been pursuing this cause, this year the goal felt in palm’s reach. The Pentagon said it was ready for a project in which not only would it provide IVF service but also freeze the egg and sperm from veterans who might later on not be able to make the cells due to injury.
Sadly, things were not to be so as the Senate recently passed a bill which would halt the funds for the Pentagon project. In fact, the funds will effectively become dried out to naught, if the policy prevails. Army personnel already have a hard time finding a job outside the military. We should raise a voice for the people who lose their last ray of hope for a normal life, the chance of raising a family.