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.