ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46)- CBS46 is fighting for a veteran who is hoping to tackle her next challenge of becoming a mother. 

The US Army veteran told CBS46 she's losing a battle with the VA right now as she tries to get the treatment she needs to have a baby.

“It’s taking away my life dream of being a mother and it’s just not fair it’s not fair," said Toni Hackney.

Hackney said she put off having kids because of her deployments.  

“I have a total of 16 years with the United States Army I went from active reserve to active duty back and forth twice. And, whether people like it or not, as a female in the military if you aren’t there more than our male counterpart the odd of you getting promoted or getting a good evaluation," she added Hackney.

Now that she is no longer on active duty Hackney said she's ready to have a child but the VA won’t authorize the necessary In Vitro treatments.

“They’re quick to tell me that I have to be married. I’m the veteran. I have to be married but yet a male veteran's wife can get IVF but I can’t as the veteran”, said Hackney in disbelief.

According to the VA, federal law prohibits them from providing fertility treatments to unmarried veterans. Hackney said that is just another example of the unfair treatment woman in the military face.

And until the rule is changed Hackney's dreams of a family are just that.. dreams. 

“I need it, I need! I need it to feel that love that only your child can give to you. I need to have a decent chance at that. And, they just act like no big deal,” added Hackney as she wiped away the tears.

There is a bill currently in the US House that could loosen some of the restrictions and allow the In Vitro treatments. But, we will have to wait to see if it progresses.

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(9) comments

Fleet Sailor

The Atlanta VA has turned their back on female veterans for years. They will go out their way to support a male Veteran with ED in a heartbeat. If a female Veteran show signs of FSAD, Endometriosis or needing IVF treatment she’s treated like a nobody. Everything this Veteran is talking about is the truth. Most Female veterans are seen and disrespected as if our military service didn’t count. We’re treated unfairly if we get pregnant during a deployment or if we have to get a extension returning after maternity leave. One thing I can say is that Atlanta VA has never went out of its way to truly help most female veterans that may want kids and had reproductive issues. All they know is the word Hysterectomy ..Plus It’s not about being single, we served our country while most of those wives were probably in the club partying around the clock. That soldier has every right, just like those male veterans who get rated for ED in a heartbeat.. Atlanta VA needs to stop showing favoritism to the male veterans.. GunnyGil you don’t know that soldiers medical history, so by all means stop thinking every medical illness has to be service connected to get treatment.. That just a bunch of lies them lazy raters come up with. It’s so many veteran with illnesses that happen while on active duty and they still don’t have no rating or compensation..The VA rather the veteran die first. That’s one of the main reason Atlanta VA is rated the worst of all the USA VA hospitals. They refuse to treat a Veteran that served its country fairly or rate them properly..

gunnygil

So you deleted my original statement about this report but you can not hide the truth from everyone. the reporter and the veteran are lying about the reason she can not vet invetro and I have sent this on to facebook and others. She is not getting the treatment because she did not receive an injury in the service that would qualify her for this procedure as a service connected problem, Not because she is unmarried. Even if legislation is changed on the "unmarried" rule she would still not be eligible for the treatment. ONLY things that are service connected or services for retired veterans and retirement takes 20 years, NOT 16.

lucky1

Really? It's total garbage that a male veterans wife can get this procedure but a female vet can't . If it's a service connected reproductive issue that typically means hysterectomy or related and in this case even invitro won't work at all..... permanently. Your comment saying she has to have reproductive service connected issues to get this is ignorant and shows your true colors. How is that a veterans wife (whose never served) allowed this but a full on vet can't. And to have to be married...what in the heck is this 1940s era guidelines doing in 2019. Keep your ignorant comments to yourself gunny.

lucky1

So veterans with 20 years as retired automatically get VA benefits? Wow you are not familiar with the VA system. Ignorant is as ignorant does.

Fleet Sailor

You don’t know what you’re talking about .. You don’t need 20 yrs to get service connected benefits. Retired or not she still would be eligible and qualified . You need somewhere over 120 days as active duty service to qualify for service connected benefits and some veterans don’t have that. The issue is the VA has lost its interest in why most of them have a job.. It’s not because of of a dependent wife/spouse.. It’s the Veteran and she a veteran with 16 yrs that’s all that matter.

gunnygil

the veteran of 16 years is not retired and she is telling only a half truth of the reason she can not get invetro from the VA. Being married is only one of the requirements and a minor one at that. the truth is she is not service connected to receive such treatment and a pprtion of that rule was sown on the news but neither the reporter or the veteran stated this. She is NOT eligible for such because she received no injury in the service that would require invetro fertilization for pregnancy and that is the truth. Not the BS reported about females receiving different treatment than males. CBS Atlanta has a horrible record for telling half truths and is in fact a matter of false news.

lucky1

Really? It's total garbage that a male veterans wife can get this procedure but a female vet can't . If it's a service connected reproductive issue that typically means hysterectomy or related and in this case even invitro won't work at all..... permanently. Your comment saying she has to have reproductive service connected issues to get this is ignorant and shows your true colors. How is that a veterans wife (whose never served) allowed this but a full on vet can't. And to have to be married...what in the heck is this 1940s era guidelines doing in 2019. Keep your ignorant comments to yourself gunny.

lucky1

Nice try in your attempt to discredit an actual veteran. You obviously don't respect veterans. Again...here are your true colors for the world to see. Troll where your jerk comments are welcome and that is not on this post.

Abirm2

Being a female veteran who had a hysterectomy on active duty and someone who has read the law pertaining to this, I know this article is true. I have read the regulations on this and I don’t qualify for fertility assistance due my gender. Since I can’t carry a child due to my scd I’m not eligible for assistance . However a male veteran who has an infertile wife (non veteran) would assisted with getting pregnant

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