Secretary Carter Announces Second Set of Reforms Focused on Quality of Life for Military Families

(February 1, 2016, McLean, VA) –RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association applauds the Department of Defense (DoD) on announcing their comprehensive family benefits for military families. Secretary Ashton Carter announced through the “Building the Second Link to the Force of the Future,” that the DoD is strengthening it’s comprehensive family benefits through, among others, adoption assistance, egg and sperm freezing, and expanding research on assisted reproductive technologies (IVF). As the nation’s largest employer, the DoD is setting a precedent for other employers to follow.

Military families sacrifice so much for our nation’s security, those facing infertility deserve our help, and this initiative provides those families with family building options,” said Barbara Collura, President/CEO of RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association. “I want to thank Secretary Carter for his leadership in ensuring equal access to all family building options for military families.

In November 2015, Secretary Carter announced initiatives for reforms in recruiting, talent management, and retention. Yesterday’s announcement brought a second set of initiatives to improve the quality of life of military parents and attract and retain the best talent.

RESOLVE provides useful resources developed specifically for military couples on its website, including an overview of infertility treatment coverage, a listing of military treatment facilities offering IVF procedures, and personal stories. RESOLVE has also recently introduced a new online listing of fertility medical practices and other family building professionals that offer discounts to active duty military and veterans.

RESOLVE can provide experts for interviews on all aspects of infertility including those discussed in the DoD report. For specific information on family building issues, visit For inquiries about RESOLVE’s spokesperson and resources, contact For more information, visit

About RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association: Established in 1974, RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association is a non-profit organization with the only established, nationwide network mandated to promote reproductive health and to ensure equal access to all family building options for men and women experiencing infertility or other reproductive disorders. One in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age has trouble conceiving or carrying a pregnancy to term. RESOLVE addresses this public health issue by providing community to these women and men, connecting them with others who can help, empowering them to find resolution and giving voice to their demands for access to all family building options. For more information, visit