Legacy, the digital fertility clinic for men, has announced a new partnership with the Military Family Building Coalition (MFBC) to help America’s Naval Special Warfare Community (NSW) address challenges military members face in their journey to parenthood due to service, while providing vital access to family planning care and services. Legacy’s philanthropic offer to NSW operators including SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant Craft Crewman and Explosive Ordnance Demolition personnel gives military members free access to Legacy’s privacy-protected, at-home sperm testing with one year of complimentary cryopreservation service. The partnership begins July 1 and demonstrates Legacy’s commitment to addressing fertility challenges faced by active military, veterans and family members.
Legacy’s partner MFBC is the first organization exclusively dedicated to supporting active-duty military with challenges to fertility and family building. Through this unique collaboration between a non-profit and a start-up, the two organizations are taking action on the important need for frequently deploying troops to preserve their fertility, as Congress has struggled to pass funding for this essential care. The NSW community represents a military group with an amplified need for this program launch due to their challenging warfare demands and operational tempo. Fertility and family building challenges include exposures that can impact fertility, such as environmental chemicals and general warfare risks, as well as frequent separations from partners and families.
Legacy’s commitment to military service members is inspired, in large part, by Secretary Ash Carter’s “Force of the Future Program” which recognized the importance of enhanced fertility benefits, to include sperm and egg freezing. The program was designed to offer troops both “peace of mind” and “greater flexibility” should they look to start families in the future.
The Legacy team, which includes John Crowley as Head of Military Affairs, is working alongside non-profit partner, MFBC, to ensure that DNA cryopreservation is made available to every service member. “We believe reproductive health is an important component of military readiness and, consequently, a matter of national security,” said John Crowley. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to support Naval Special Warfare with this program.”