Bill HR2257 – Let’s get it passed!

Wishing baby dust to all!

Wishing baby dust to all!

Another doctors appointment is out of the way in an effort to prepared for IVF treatments!  Kevin and I are getting closer and closer to starting the actual rounds of IVF.  A very exciting and terrifying journey we will be starting!  We will be going through this process very publicly.  We are working with CBS news to try and get our story out to the world.  Our goal is to get legislation to pass through Congress that will allow the VA to provide fertility treatments to wounded soldiers that need it.  The reason that we require IVF treatments to have children is because of an injury that my fiancee suffered in Afghanistan.  Not only did the IED he stepped on cost him his leg, it caused a significant decrease in fertility.  We required IVF treatments with ICSI, meaning the egg and sperm have to be put together by an Embryologist.  None of this is currently covered by the VA.  It is also not covered at all by Tricare Prime (for retired soldiers).  If Kevin was still active duty, we would not be in this situation because it is covered for active duty.  However, Kevin was medically retired due to the significance of his injuries and we are left to find other means to cover the cost of the treatments. We are working hard, and I know other couples are getting involved to try and get the word out.   Please help us get this bill through Congress by asking your representatives to get on board.  By voting no, they are telling wounded soldiers they do not deserve access to medicine and treatments that could allow them to have their own children.  These wounded soldiers deserve more support than that!  The medicine and science is available, lets work together to make it more affordable for everyone!

Click the link below to read about the bill!

Bill HR2257 – Provide Fertility Treatments to Wounded Soldiers.

Click the link below to send a letter to your representatives!  It is simple, you just add what you want and it sends it for you!

Write to your Representatives!

Thank you so much for all of the love and support.  We will keep everyone updated as we go through the process.  We appreciate prayers as we start the process!

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Proud to be an American!

As I sit in my living room listening to the fireworks in the distance, I can not help but to feel an overwhelming amount of pride in this country, America!  When I hear fireworks, I do not have to worry if they are gun shots or bombs going off in the distance, I know they are fireworks.  When a helicopter goes over my head, I do not worry that it will bring danger to myself and people I love.  I know the helicopter brings police, EMS, and media.  We live in a place where you can expect a certain level of safety.  To me, that is something worth being thankful for.  We have a strong military that fights everyday to keep the war off of our land.  I am so proud of them for their sacrifices they’ve made to make our country stronger and safer.   We have strong EMS, Fire and Police who are always ready to respond when needed. These people and their families give so much to provide us services that so many other countries do not access to.  When we show pride in our country, we are saying “thank you” to these people too.

Lately, there has been much media related to lack of american pride.  I watched a video of an experiment that was done with college kids.  The person tried to persuade the college students to sign a petition to change the American flag into something else, they did this by saying the current one isn’t worth anything anymore.  THEY SIGNED IT!  So many of the college students signed it, and that broke my heart.  Are we raising a generation of people who do not feel the American pride?  What can we do to fix it? I feel like everyone who lives in this country should have a flag flying.  Nothing warms my heart more than seeing the flags out for the holidays.  Imagine a country where we flew our flags all of the time, where our pride just screamed out to you as your drove down neighborhood roads.  I dream of that kind of pride being displayed by those that live here. Imagine how this probably would make our military members feel as they return home from the war.  We all probably heard this quote several times but it continues to be true, “United we stand, divide we fall.”  We currently live in a country where our reality is that 22 veterans a day are ending their own lives.  That is an epidemic, and what are we doing to fix it? Instead of fixing it, we are showing less and less pride in our country. We are becoming more and more divide and the results are catastrophic.

I know that sometimes things do not go as we want them to, and it can become very frustrating, but please do not lose hope.  Do something about the things that frustrate you, complaining has never fixed anything!  Research who you vote for, volunteer, write letters, contact your representatives, blog about it, do something, just DO NOT LOSE HOPE!  If you lose hope, then so does the next person, and then it just continues to trickle down.  Who will be left to fix our country when no one has hope? This country is something worth fighting for and I am so proud to live on this beautiful land!  Happy 4th of July!  Keep showing that American Pride!