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The issue was caused by my husband's service and it's not covered," Tracy Keil said.

"All too often, sterility is seen as an elective procedure or a luxury, but when you look at what's important in life, it often involves having a child, so we want to be able to provide everything we can," said Dr.

Many of the nearly 1,300 personnel with genital wounds face problems of infertility, as do another 500 or so with other injuries, like Matt Keil, an Army infantry squad leader who became a quadriplegic in 2007 after he was shot by a sniper in Ramadi, Iraq.

Keil was medically retired after his injuries, and while he was eligible for fertility services at one of seven military hospitals that offer treatment while he served on active duty, he lives in Colorado, where the services are not offered, and he has a limited ability to travel.

The treatment maintains Causey as the man he is, but also comes with a devitalizing side effect.

Matt's wife Tracy has testified before Congress on the need to change the VA policy on fertility services for injured veterans.

She argues that military couples shouldn't have to pay out of pocket or turn to charities for help in starting a family.

"Nobody tells you at pre-deployment briefs that you should be thinking about freezing your sperm." Aaron Causey is among an unprecedented number of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans — 1,291 — who received devastating injuries to their groins, genitalia, bowels, buttocks and urinary tracts and lived to endure the recovery, from ongoing struggles with the psychological impact of losing all or a portion of one's penis or testicles to sexual dysfunction, infertility and other medical concerns.

In other wars, these troops — average age, 25 — would not have made it out alive.

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