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Making a Difference -One Donation at a Time

10/15/2018
by Lance Cpl. Nicholas Lubchenko, Marine Corps Installations East
The Armed Services Blood Program ensures that all active duty, family members and retirees have blood when needed. Camp Lejeune is one of two ASBP donor centers that are required to freeze blood for the entire DOD; donating blood saves lives.
The Armed Services Blood Program ensures that all active duty, family members and retirees have blood when needed. Camp Lejeune is one of two ASBP donor centers that are required to freeze blood for the entire DOD; donating blood saves lives.
What if you could do something small to make a big difference in someone else’s life? The Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) allows you to do just that.

The ASBP is a joint operation among the military services and is tasked with the collection, processing, storage and distribution of blood and blood products to ill or injured service members, veterans and their families worldwide.

“More than 150,000 units of blood have been transfused on the battlefield in the past 12 years,” said Wendy Binder, public affairs specialist, ASBP.

“Since the program’s inception, more than 1.5 million units of blood have been transfused for battlefield illness and injury.”

The program is responsible for ensuring that all active duty, family members and retirees have blood if they should need it.

“Out of 22 donor centers in the program, we are one of only two donor centers that are required to freeze blood for the entire Department of Defense,” said Binder. “Frozen blood is important as it lasts 10 years and is strategically placed throughout the world to ensure active duty, family members and retirees have blood if and when they should need it.”

With the number of potential recipients, the ASBP has a big mission to fulfill and must hold blood drives on a regular basis.

“Because we are a military blood program, we are not allowed to collect or hold a blood drive on civilian or state-owned property,” said Binder. “This restricts our pool of potential donors significantly.”

With a limited number of potential donors there are occasions where the ASBP doesn’t have enough blood or the right type in the area.

“In the event there is a blood shortage then blood will be sought out through civilian agencies,” said Binder. “This is not ideal as it takes precious time away from the patients who are in need of blood and blood products. There is a cost that comes with obtaining blood through civilian agencies.”

Donations are accepted from every blood type. However, the ASBP asks for O-negative and O-positive donations because O-negative is the universal donor and O-positive is the most common blood type.

“The donation process is really easy and only takes about 30-45 minutes,” said Binder. “You can donate at any of the Armed Services Blood Drives aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River, Camp Johnson, MCAS Cherry Point, Air Force Base Seymour Johnson and any other military installations that are conducting a blood drive with the ASBP.”

Remember, anywhere and anytime you donate – whether it’s the ASBP or a civilian collection agency – you save lives.

To find locations and times for donations on base visit militaryblood.dod.mil or contact the Blood Donors Center aboard base at (910) 450-3458.

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.

This article was originally published on DVIDS website, June 22, 2018. Republished content may have been edited for length, clarity and to follow the ASBP style guidelines. View the original article here.