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JBM-HH Rolls Up Sleeves to Help ASBP Resolve Summer Blood Shortages New (Army Spc. Daniel Yeadon, 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard))
A national shortage has triggered urgent calls for donors by blood banks in many parts of the country. Donors at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., answered that ...

Whitney’s Story Continues New (Michelle Lele, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Tripler, Hawaii)
Retired 79-year-old Al Whitney has a different way of enjoying his retirement. A retired factory worker from Cleveland, Ohio, he traveled more than 4,500 miles to donate platelets at the Tripler Blood Donor Center, Hawaii. Whitney has spent most of his life as a strong advocate for helping others through blood and platelet donations.

Army Veteran Grateful for Blood Donors New (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Former Army Cpl. Ricky Nelson wants to thank a special group of people who helped save his life: blood donors. Nelson, an Army veteran and Navy dad, deployed to Iraq where he sustained life-threatening injuries. This is his story.

Robertson Blood Center Staff Discusses ‘New’ Facility New (Dave Conrad, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Hood, Texas)
Aug. 3 marked 15 years since Fort Hood’s Robertson Blood Center moved to its current facility, and some of the current employees still remember the transition. The Fort Hood Community Blood Bank opened in 1979 ...

Breaking Down Blood: Platelets (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
Blood, made up of both liquids and solids, is a vital tissue of the human body. It carries oxygen, forms clots on wounds and helps fight off infections. It can also be a lifesaving treatment for someone who is ill or injured. In this three-part series, we will break down everything you ever wanted to know about the main components of blood — red blood cells, platelets and plasma.

When Recovery Takes an Unexpected Turn, Donated Blood Matters (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
For many, surgery to treat an illness or injury provides the care needed to improve life and welfare. But on occasion, the care after a surgery includes more than just recovery or rehabilitation.

The Best Brand is Easy to Spot (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Jim Mullen, a well-respected man in the world of advertising, once said, “When you look at a strong brand, you see a promise.” While Mullen may have been referring to retail, the same promise is shown in Mamie Brand, a medical laboratory technician at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Ill., every day.

Battalion Classroom Turns into Donor Center, 45 Units Collected (Michelle Lele, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Tripler, Hawaii)
This summer, it wasn't just school work done in the classroom. The 1st Infantry, 21st Regiment Schofield Barracks Hawaii battalion classroom was transformed into a makeshift blood donation center as Soldiers lined up in the building ...

My Legacy: U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Sharyl Pels (An interview)
This summer, the Armed Services Blood Program celebrates the Legacy of Blood from generation to generation. For the first time, the military blood program’s communications and marketing team was able to coordinate photo shoots with a ...

When a Low Blood Count Saves the Day (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Tony and Kymberly Jones are celebrating the upcoming graduation of their Navy recruit. Seaman Recruit Trevor Jones will graduate boot camp Aug. 5 and begin his career as a Sailor. With his great future ahead, the mood at the Jones home couldn’t be any more upbeat.

Nurse Uses Blood Everyday (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Maura Tamez is a registered nurse who lives in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and has worked at several university and community hospitals where she has utilized blood for patient’s treatments. Every day, she is entrusted with the care of the sick and injured. As a nurse providing care for the patients entrusted to her care, she uses blood all the time.

Blood Recipient Continues Legacy of Healing (Erin Longacre, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Gordon, Ga.)
Army Maj. Herman Cheatham was building a life centered on service long before he entered the Chaplain Corps. A licensed (though not ordained) minister, he had felt called to the ministry field but wasn’t considering chaplaincy.

Breaking Down Blood: Plasma (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
Plasma is the often forgotten component of blood. White blood cells, red blood cells and platelets are essential to body function, but plasma also plays a crucial and mostly unrecognized job. This straw-colored yellow liquid makes up about 55 percent of blood volume and carries blood components throughout the body. It also contains clotting factors that help stop bleeding ...

It’s in Their Blood: A Family of Universal Donors (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Pam Pearlmutter is a devoted blood donor. Her reasons for donating, she said, are genetic and “in my blood.” Pearlmutter learned about blood donations from her parents and grandparents. All were blood donors and her mother’s father donated more than 10 gallons of blood.

FBI, DEA Combine Forces to Co-sponsor Military Blood Drive (Lori Kuczmanski, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Bliss, Texas)
The FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration co-sponsored an Armed Services Blood Program blood drive at Fort Bliss, Texas, July 29. Lucy Holcomb, DEA public information officer, said the main reason they wanted to sponsor ...

Robertson Blood Center Brings Blood Drives to North Fort Hood (Dave Conrad, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Hood, Texas)
The North Fort Hood Mobilization Center is helping mobilizing service members protect their health and safety during deployments through a new, ongoing program.

My Legacy: Army Capt. Gennaro V. Layo (An interview)
This summer, the Armed Services Blood Program celebrates the Legacy of Blood from generation to generation. For the first time, the military blood program’s communications and marketing team was able to coordinate photo shoots with a service member from each service for our summer campaign.

‘Grounded’ in Many Ways (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Around his home in Greenwood, Miss., Jerry Wayne Jones is a man many call friend. He is quick to help others in need and slow to remember they owe him a thing for the assistance on whatever project it may have been. He is a man of many skills and pours his daily efforts into painting houses as a living.

Blood Drive Coordinator, Donors Thanked for Lifesaving Contributions (Donna Cipolloni, Naval Air Station Patuxent River Public Affairs)
In the midst of an Armed Services Blood Program blood drive, a hospital corpsman and two frequent donors were recognized for their lifesaving efforts by Navy Capt. Roland Fahie ...

Hearing Impaired Phlebotomist Defies Obstacles (Eve Meinhardt, Womack Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office)
Ty Allen was born deaf. While being deaf is an integral part of who he is and how he interacts with the hearing world, he doesn’t let it define him. Like anyone else, the path that led him to Fort Bragg, where he works as phlebotomist, was ...