"In 2008, I started working on figuring out what was going to be covered as far as fertility services and I found out very quickly that no services were covered for in vitro," said Keil, 34, of Denver. "I didn't have anything wrong with me reproductively, and [Matt's problem] was the direct result of his injury. So I started writing letters, making phone calls to congressmen, and writing to newspapers and magazines."
Keil and a group of about 12 other women whose husbands came back from war injured worked together to draw attention to the issue. They have testified at hearings for Murray's legislation and garnered support from other veterans.
"My husband's injury changed our family, but it shouldn't take away our ability to have a family," Keil told a Senate committee hearing in June.
Tracy and Matt Keil spent more than $30,000 on fertility treatments, resulting in Tracy finally becoming pregnant with triplets in 2010. The couple lost one of their children 20 weeks into the pregnancy, but carried two children to term. Matthew and Faith, their twins, are now nearly 2 years old.
"We all just want them to give us a chance," Tracy Keil said. "It's not always about the money. It's just about being supportive in some way. Nobody's asking for them to pay for every single IVF treatment, you know, 15 treatments. But one or two, give us a chance. That's one of the biggest things: Just give the families an opportunity."
The legislation will likely go to the Senate floor after the November elections or in January, according to Murray's office.