VIVA—Veterans In Vitro InitiAtive

Supporting programs that help veterans begin a family is rooted in the Bob Woodruff Foundation mission—to find, fund, and shape innovative programs that help veterans, service members and their families thrive. VIVA complements the Department of Veteran Affairs' efforts to provide in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment to veterans who have lost the ability to conceive due to injuries incurred during service to our nation.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation will offer financial assistance to affected veterans to cover unreimbursed costs up to $5,000 associated with IVF treatments. VIVA, supported by grants from Merck & Co., Ferring Pharmaceuticals, and EMD Serono, complements the “Serving Our Veterans” program established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART). 

The origin of this initiative came out of the groundbreaking “Intimacy After Injury” conference, hosted by the Bob Woodruff Foundation in December 2014. This two-day event explored the effects of war injuries on sexual relationships and fertility.

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*For an example of the content required in the letter from your SART clinic, please click here.

*For an example of the content required in the letter from your VA coordinator, please click here.

  • MM/DD/YYYY (or Present)
  • Spouse/Partner Information

  • MM/DD/YYYY (or Present)
  • Insurance

  • Provider

  • VA or DoD Lead Coordinator

  • Required Documents

  • VA disability determination letter or documentation from the VA stating that inability to conceive is the result of a service-related injury.
  • Confirmation from a VA or DoD lead coordinator that applicant has engaged an IVF provider and is requesting financial support from the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

    Download a sample coordinator letter here.
  • A letter on IVF provider letterhead stating the following: Provider is a SART member participating in the military appreciation discount program. Provider has a board certified reproductive endocrinologist on staff. Applicant and spouse/partner have commenced IVF treatment and have completed fertility evaluation testing. Applicant has not exceeded a total of six attempts to accomplish three completed IVF cycles.

    Download a sample SART letter here.
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