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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Pete Hegseth
The number of veterans who have their reproductive organs damaged in combat is growing, leading a top senator to propose legislation that would make fertility care a bigger part of Veterans Affairs hospitals' missions.
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Iraq war veteran 1st Lt. Pete Hegseth served in 2005-06 with the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. Now serving with the New York Army National Guard, Lt. Hegseth is executive director of Vets For Freedom, a nonpartisan group established by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to "educate Americans about the importance of achieving success in these conflicts."
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Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, said the VA exists to help veterans deal with all types of service-related injuries, so providing fertility treatments to spouses of injured veterans makes sense.
"You get into a slippery slope when you bring in other people who aren't veterans to receive care because they're connected to a service member," he said.