“The men and women in our armed forces go where our nation’s leaders direct them, serve in difficult and often dangerous conditions and do so with admirable dedication and professionalism. As a nation, we owe them our freedom. When they are wounded serving their country, we have an obligation to care for them and to strive to make them whole again.” Rebecca Z. Sokol, MD, ASRM President, from an Op-Ed published in the Baltimore Sun Oct 19, 2015.
Unfortunately, due to a law passed in the early 90’s, the Department of Veterans Affairs is prohibited from providing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatments for veterans whose service injuries have left them needing IVF to have children. ASRM has been working to change this law, but so far Congress has failed to act. The nation’s infertility clinics and the health professionals who work in them are simply unwilling to allow our nation’s political paralysis to continue to deny these needed treatments to the veterans who need them.
Accordingly, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) and its members are going to take action. As a member of both these organizations, our center is 100% committed to offering our services.
As a veteran and actively serving in the Army Medical Corps, Dr. Ramirez and Monterey Bay IVF is proud to offer assistance to our wounded Veterans who are in need of In Vitro Fertilization in order to have children but cannot due to injuries sustained on the field of battle in service to our country. Please contact our center to obtain further details and eligibility requirements.
ASRM and SART believe that the United States government ultimately should bear the burden of making its service members whole again. This program is designed to be temporary and will expire when Congress does the right thing and lifts the ban on IVF services through the VA or when the 114th Congress adjourns, whichever comes first.
Edward J. Ramirez, M.D.
LTC, MC, USAR, 352nd CSH