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Veterans Seek Help for Infertility Inflicted by Wounds of War

March 2, 2016

(New York Times) – During a firefight in Afghanistan in 2005, Army Cpl. Tyler Wilson, then 20, was hit by a bullet that pierced his spine and left him paralyzed below the waist. Since then, the Department of Veterans Affairs has provided him with free health care, as it does for all veterans who were disabled while serving. Yet there was a gap in his coverage that came as a shock. By law, the V.A. cannot provide in vitro fertilization, not even to a veteran like Corporal Wilson whose ability to have children was impaired by an injury sustained in the line of duty.

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