ASBP: Thank You for Making a Difference, Giving Hope: ASBP Celebrates National Blood Donor Month
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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




THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE, GIVING HOPE: ASBP CELEBRATES NATIONAL BLOOD DONOR MONTH

FALLS CHURCH, Va., Jan. 1, 2018 — The Armed Services Blood Program thanks the blood donors who made a difference and gave hope to ill or injured service members and their families in 2017. Every January, the military blood program celebrates National Blood Donor Month to honor the men and women who took time from their schedules to roll up their sleeves and donate blood.

According to Navy Capt. Roland Fahie, DHA ASBP director, blood donors are the heart and soul of the military blood program’s mission to provide safe, quality and potent blood and blood products to service members worldwide – whenever and wherever they need it the most.

“Without them, the ASBP wouldn’t be able to provide lifesaving blood, without interruption, to patients in need,” Fahie said. “Whether that blood recipient is a service member wounded on the battlefield, a child with leukemia being treated at a military hospital or supporting natural disasters worldwide, the blood we provide saves lives.”

Fahie said National Blood Donor Month is a special time of year for the ASBP and “an excellent time for us to thank the thousands of people who rolled up their sleeves every year.”

“A large portion of our donor pool is deferred due to previous deployments or travel to malaria-endemic countries,” Fahie said. “So we heavily rely on our military families — active duty, reserves, retired and civilians — to ensure that we have enough blood on our shelves to save lives in peacetime or war.”

Many of the ASBP’s donor centers will hold special ceremonies this month to thank the men and women who have worked hard to ensure blood and blood products are readily available for military families year-round. You can join in on the celebrations by donating blood. To make an appointment, please visit: www.militaryblood.dod.mil.

“It’s hard to know exactly what 2018 will hold for the Armed Services Blood Program, but we know for sure that we can count on the unwavering support of our donors,” Fahie said. “I extend my personal thanks to everyone who donated in 2017 and look forward to another great year. Thank you for making a difference and giving hope to our patients and service members in need!”

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.