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Fort Carson Community Donates 450 Units of Blood for Service Members Worldwide

09/07/2017
By Deylon Douglass, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Bliss, Texas
The Fort Bliss Blood Donor Center traveled to Fort Carson, Colorado, Aug. 7-9, 2017 to conduct a blood drive at the Mountain Post. Over the course of three days, 450 units of blood were collected for the Armed Services Blood Program, all of which will directly support ill or injured service members and their families worldwide.
The Fort Bliss Blood Donor Center traveled to Fort Carson, Colorado, Aug. 7-9, 2017 to conduct a blood drive at the Mountain Post. Over the course of three days, 450 units of blood were collected for the Armed Services Blood Program, all of which will directly support ill or injured service members and their families worldwide.
The Fort Bliss Blood Donor Center traveled to Fort Carson, Colorado, for a three-day blood drive Aug. 7-9. This is annual blood drive was an absolute success with more than 450 units of blood collected for ill or injured service members and their families worldwide — exceeding last year’s number of collections.

Special thanks to the outstanding Soldiers and civilians at The Mountain Post who came out and participated at this blood drive.

Donating blood is vital to the Armed Services Blood Program’s mission. A tri-service organization, the ASBP is the sole provider of the blood supply to all service members conducting overseas contingency operations. It is important that the ASBP keep a surplus of blood for all the men and woman who are fighting for our freedom overseas.

The ASBP depends on the donations from service members and civilians here at home to ensure there is ample amount of blood downrange. Without the support of the donors, volunteers and supporters, the ASBP would not be successful in fulfilling their mission of helping the warfighter.

“When I was deployed, we were running short on blood and had to conduct blood drives on our (forward operating base)," said Army Staff Sgt. Fatu Kamara, the division surgeon for the 4th Infantry Division.

Like Kamara, many people know someone who is deployed, was deployed or is getting to deploy. Often times, people ask “What can I do to support our service members?” The answer is simple: donate blood.

Taking an hour of the day to come and donate and saving a complete stranger who is overseas fighting for freedom is the epitome of selfless service. One donation has the potential to save up to three lives and supporting the ASBP is directly supporting our men and woman who put themselves in harm's way for our freedom back home.

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.