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ARMED SERVICES BLOOD PROGRAM OFFICE

For more information contact:

Air Force Lt. Col. Jerome L. Vinluan | Deputy Director
703-681-8011 | jerome.l.vinluan.mil@mail.mil

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE




WEST POINT BLOOD DRIVE: AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF THE FIGHT.

FORT HOOD, Texas, Dec. 13, 2017 —Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, make a commitment to serve and support our nation, but that support starts long before they enter the battlefield.

This January, the Armed Services Blood Program and the cadets at West Point are joining forces to hold the largest ASBP blood drive of the year Jan. 8-11 on campus at Eisenhower (“Ike”) Hall. By donating blood, cadets, faculty and the USMA community will help save lives of deployed service members and their families worldwide.

With seasonal illnesses, inclement weather and travel, there is a serious decline in blood donations during the holiday season among both the ASBP and civilian blood collection programs. Since 1970, January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month in order to raise awareness of these challenges and to motivate donors to help.

“Our soldiers understand that commitment to serve and support starts on day one. Those that are deployed or in hospitals at home, rely on their military family to provide the support they need, including having blood donations ready and available.” Army Col. Audra Taylor, Army Blood Program director explains. “We are excited to work with the West Point Community once again and help save lives of service members worldwide.”

This year, the collection teams from seven ASBP locations —Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Gordon, Georgia; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Bliss, Texas and Fort Hood, Texas - will rally to process and collect donations from the West Point community. In 2017, the academy and community donated more than 1,600 units of blood. The goal for the 2018 drive is to collect at least 2,000 units.

As the official blood program of the U.S. military, the ASBP is a tri-service organization responsible for providing blood and blood products to deployed service members in the heart of the battlefield, and the only organization that meets this need. While ASBP blood recipients are most often thought of as deployed service members injured in the line of duty, the ASBP also provides blood for service members and their families back home and in military treatment facilities around the globe. For this drive, blood donated on the first two days will be processed and shipped overseas. On the last two days, it will be used to support local military treatment facilities and VA treatment centers.

Cadets and civilians 18 years old and older are welcome to donate. The blood drive is open to all service members, their family members, U.S. Department of Defense or federal civilian employees, retirees and U.S. citizens over the age of 18. Non-DOD civilians who fit the eligibility criteria and have the ability to access the blood drive location are also welcome.

Donors will also have the opportunity to meet retired Army Staff Sgt. Earl Granville, who was wounded while serving in Afghanistan. He is an adaptive athlete who brings awareness to the public about the mental health struggles in today’s military. Granville will attend the first two days of the drive and speak with cadets at events around the installation.

“Ike” Hall is located at 655 Pitcher Road. All donors will receive thank-you items to include a quarter zip ASBP jacket with the first 500 receiving special ASBP socks as well.

For more information about the drive, please contact Dave Conrad ASBP blood donor recruiter, at (254) 287-7113 or david.m.conrad4.civ@mail.mil.

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.