ASBP: Your Holiday Legacy: Give a Gift That Can Save Three Lives
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ARMED SERVICES BLOOD PROGRAM OFFICE

For more information contact:

Navy Lt. Tamara Belin | Deputy Division Chief, Policy
703-681-8348 | tamara.r.belin.mil@mail.mil

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE




YOUR HOLIDAY LEGACY: GIVE A GIFT THAT CAN SAVE THREE LIVES

This holiday season, the Defense Health Agency Armed Services Blood Program encourages you to Give Hope to an ill or injured service member in need by donating blood.

“The need for blood donations does not take a holiday,” said Navy Capt. Roland Fahie, ASBP director. “Blood is perishable and cannot be artificially reproduced. Over the course of the holiday season, collecting blood can sometimes be a challenge — for military and civilian collection organizations. For that reason, I encourage you to get out and roll up your sleeves. There are a lot of service members in harm’s way. Some also have family members in need of blood worldwide. Your selfless act will help save their lives.”

Year-round, a portion of the military blood program’s donor pool is unable to donate because of previous deployments. These type of travel deferrals mean that the ASBP has to rely heavily on donations from military families in order to ensure blood needs are met.

Giving Hope is about more than just donating blood,” Fahie said. “It’s truly about saving lives. Many times, a simple blood donation is the difference between life and death for a patient in need.”

The ASBP has more than 20 blood donor centers worldwide, all of which will conduct blood drives over the winter months, weather permitting. Walk-in donations are welcome; however, appointments are encouraged. To find a list of upcoming blood drives in your area, visit www.militarydonor.com.

“A whole blood donation takes less than an hour of your time to complete,” Fahie said. “In that short amount of time, you are making a difference for a service member, or one of their family members. It’s important to remember that the need for blood does not stop. Throughout the holiday season, the Armed Services Blood Program remains committed to providing lifesaving blood and blood products, whenever and wherever they are needed. But we can’t do it without your help. Give Hope. Donate blood today.”

About the Armed Services Blood Program
Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military. As a tri-service organization, the ASBP collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families worldwide. As one of four national blood collection organizations trusted to ensure the nation has a safe, potent blood supply, the ASBP works closely with our civilian counterparts by sharing donors on military installations where there are no military blood collection centers and by sharing blood products in times of need to maximize availability of this national treasure. To find out more about the ASBP or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil. To interact directly with ASBP staff members, see more photos or get the latest news, follow @militaryblood on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest. Find the drop. Donate.

The Armed Services Blood Program is a proud recipient of the Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs award for journalism.