SOURCE: Paralyzed Veterans of America

Paralyzed Veterans of America

May 16, 2016 16:32 ET

Paralyzed Veterans of America Supports Reproductive Services and IVF Provision in Senate Bill S. 2806 "Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2017"

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - May 16, 2016) - Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) strongly supports Senate bill S. 2806 that would provide funds for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to offer assisted reproductive technologies, to include In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), to veterans with a catastrophic reproductive injury. Paralyzed Veterans today released the following statement from Acting Executive Director Sherman Gillums, Jr. in support of the passage of this legislation:

"The provision of reproductive assistance, including IVF, for veterans who are injured during military service is long overdue. Paralyzed Veterans has championed this legislation and is urging the Senate to pass this bill that includes funding for the VA to offer reproductive services to qualified veterans who want to bear a child.

"Congress has a moral obligation to every veteran who had survived a bullet or blast and returned with catastrophic loss or injuries. Passage of this legislation would ensure that veterans with life-changing injuries that require fertility assistance are able to have the lives they envisioned for themselves; the lives they deserve."

To contact your Senator to voice your support for this legislation, go to to find your individual senator's office phone number. If you cannot find the office phone number for your senator, please contact the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be directed to the Senate office.

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 nearly 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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