WASHINGTON, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) was recently presented with the Hope Award for Advocacy by non-profit organization, RESOLVE, during its 19 th annual Night of Hope Gala in New York City. The award was presented to Paralyzed Veterans for its efforts to ensure injured veterans have access to fertility services. Paralyzed Veterans' National President Al Kovach, Jr. accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
"Paralyzed Veterans of America is honored to have our work recognized with the Hope award. Its name is synonymous with what we are now able to offer injured veterans, in large part thanks to dedicated partners such as RESOLVE," said Kovach. "Now the most catastrophically injured veterans have a chance to lead full lives after service, and for many veterans this includes having children. We thank RESOLVE for their leadership on this issue, and thank Senator Patty Murray who has made this a top priority on her agenda." RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, established in 1974, promotes reproductive health and ensures equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. In September, Congress passed a provision that allows the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to provide reproductive services, including In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to veterans who qualify. For 24 years, since the ban prohibiting VA from providing veterans with these services, Paralyzed Veterans has worked tirelessly to advocate that procreative services be included as part of the medical benefits package of VA.