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A Part of Something Bigger

06/28/2018
By Jeffery Diffy, ASBP blood donor recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.
Seaman Recruit Brandon Becker joined the Navy to become a part of something larger than him. He mustered up the courage to donate blood and says his fear of “big pointy needles” is over. He is now a blood donor with the Armed Services Blood Program.
Seaman Recruit Brandon Becker joined the Navy to become a part of something larger than him. He mustered up the courage to donate blood and says his fear of “big pointy needles” is over. He is now a blood donor with the Armed Services Blood Program.
Seaman Recruit Brandon Becker joined the Navy to accomplish his dreams and goals. He will attend advanced electronics computer field training upon completion of basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois. From there, his quest begins.

Becker had always wanted to be a part of something bigger than him but knew he had to overcome some obstacles that stood in his way. At least, in his mind, they did.

Becker answered the call to help others and donated blood while in boot camp. He owes the courage to donate to his father’s wise advice and past experience.

“When I was on a hike to Pyramid Peak with my father on a cool June day, my dad taught me a few things. [On how to overcome] fears like being afraid of the dark or of getting shots at the doctor’s office. My dad told me that being a part of something bigger than yourself will make any pain more bearable than when you are just on your own.

“Until today, I still had not gotten beyond my comfort zone, like here in boot camp,” Becker continued. “Now that I am a part of something bigger, like the Navy, I no longer have a fear of the ‘big pointy’ needle.”

Michael Becker, Brandon Becker’s dad, shared his blood utilization story from his childhood that was part of the inspiration for Brandon’s donation.

“When I was 7 years old, I had my tonsils removed. Soon after I got an infection in my throat and began to lose blood. I was brought to the emergency room where I received a blood transfusion. That blood transfusion saved my life.”

Michael Becker looks forward to seeing what great things his son Brandon Becker will accomplish, with his newfound courage. One of those is the accomplishment from continuing to donate blood.

Helping others through a blood donation is the start of many a recruit’s career that begins in Great Lakes. When giving blood to those in need, around the world, you become a part of something bigger than yourself.

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.