19th May 2011
Soldiers, sailors and airmen who have suffered serious injuries to their genitalia are to be provided with three free cycles of IVF as part of the military covenant, defence secretary Liam Fox announced this week.
The move, which is in line with current IVF regulation, is one of a raft of measures which will be included in the new UK military covenant, which is due to be enshrined in law.
Other measures include an increase in council tax relief and the launch of an armed services card, which would provide discounts and privileges for members of the army, navy and air force.
Mr Fox said: "The obligation we owe to our service men and women, set against the commitment and sacrifice that they make, is enormous."
In America the Department of Defense has several facilities which offer IVF for serving members of the military. Service men and women still have to pay for the treatment, but at a reduced cost, and it reduces issues created by relocation, cost and continuity of care.
Posted by Jeanette Royston
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