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‘Better than any care package’: Unique Program Delivers Blood to Military Hospitals

05/18/2018
By Chad Garland, Stars and Stripes publication
More than a dozen people trickled in during lunchtime to donate at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center on Ramstein Air Base. Military medical officials say more is needed.  Chad Garland/Stars and Stripes.
More than a dozen people trickled in during lunchtime to donate at the Kaiserslautern Military Community Center on Ramstein Air Base. Military medical officials say more is needed. Chad Garland/Stars and Stripes.
A one-of-its-kind military program lets service members far from the battlefields help their wounded comrades by forward-deploying their own blood.

More is always needed. There’s steady demand in both Afghanistan and Iraq, where U.S. medical units treat both American and coalition casualties.

The need here may soon grow, as more aggressive fighting is expected in Afghanistan this spring.

“The No. 1 thing people can do to save lives when they’re not in theater is to give blood,” said Army Col. Walter M. “Sparky” Matthews, a flight surgeon and commander of the U.S. military’s medical task force here in Afghanistan. “It’s better than any care package.”

Read the entire published article at Stars and Stripes here.

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, Pinterest and @usmilitaryblood on Instagram. 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.

ASBP Editor’s note: The ASBP received permission to publish beginning of article on March 15 as well as one image from article. The ASBP would like to make a correction to the original article in the statement of the expiration timeframe for donated whole blood units, stating it lasted for up to 46 days. It is 42 days until a donated unit of whole blood expires.