100 Percent Disabled Marine Seeks Grant Money For Infertility Treatments
(Lincoln, CA, USA)
I am a 26-year-old male. I was in the Marine Corps for over 4 years from 2003-2007.
I have been married for 6 years and have been trying to start a family for a year and a half now.
I deployed to Iraq 3 times in 4 years. During my first deployment to Iraq, I was hit in the neck with shrapnel from an RPG.
Thankfully, I survived that, but unfortunately, one of my comrades died.
After I was honorably discharged, I received a disability rating of 100 percent for PTSD, my neck and a few other things.
I struggle every day with anger problems and I get headaches and neck pain quite often.
About a year ago, I found out that I might never be able to father "my own" children.
For some reason, I have no sperm in my semen. That was definitely a shock. My wife and I have been trying to get pregnant for over a year.
Since we found out about my infertility, we have spent thousands of dollars trying different treatments just to have one baby.
I never would have imagined that I would be in this predicament. It has been very emotionally draining, as well as financially draining.
Every month, we wonder if this time, it will work.
I have been looking for work and I tried going to school, but I just can't go to school anymore.
I thought maybe the VA would pay for fertility treatments, but they do not. That is so frustrating. I don't know why they don't have fertility coverage.
I am just looking for grants. I have not found any grants yet that help disabled veterans going through fertility issues.