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From Volunteer to Donor (Wendy Binder, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Lejeune, N.C.)
A lot of donors have their first experience donating blood at a high school blood drive. Some might donate because they understand the importance of blood; some might want to try something new; and others maybe to get out of class that day. For Navy Capt. Kenneth Sample, however, ...

His Family and Blood Donors Never Left His Care (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
John Romano has prior service in the United States Army as an infantryman. But his prior service did not fully prepare him for a massively debilitating accident 15 years ago. “My story starts after my active duty service from 1997 to 2000 where I was an infantryman for ...

Senior Airman Reaches Milestone (Tracy Parmer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas)
On Sept. 19, Senior Airman Ryan Wicks celebrated donating his first gallon of platelets at the Lackland Blood Donor Center on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Wicks has been in the Air Force for a little over four years and works as a cyber system operator.

Eight Was Enough … Pregnancies and Transfusions (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Navy Mom Mariela Horsfall has experienced many trials and issues to overcome during her eight pregnancies resulting in three children. Although her last pregnancy required many transfusions, her youngest son is happy and healthy today ...

Many Doctors, Much Blood, One Baby (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Three months ago, Navy mom Maribel Vidal prepared to deliver her daughter. All was well until after the delivery when bleeding could not be controlled. Although she is now recovered and her daughter Paloma Mejia is doing well ...

20-Hour Delivery Leads to Crisis, Blood Donations Save Newborn’s Life (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Navy mom Seaman Recruit Stefanie Hook had a lengthy delivery for the birth of her daughter. After 20 hours of heavy labor on July 21, 2012, Sophia Hook was born.

Even With Two Serious Conditions, Blood Transfusions Made the Difference (Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.)
Every day blood products save lives across the world. The difference between a good outcome, and one that is otherwise, is often decided by the presence of available blood products and the skillsets of medical staff.

Two Loyal Donors Support Blood Drives at Aberdeen Proving Ground (Shawntel Trowell, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, National Capital Region)
The Armed Services Blood Bank Center-National Capital Region at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, conducts quarterly blood drives ...

Actions Speak Louder than Words (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
The old axiom “actions speak louder than words,” is more than several hundred years old. Some of the first expressions of it are in the Bible in the book of John. President Abraham Lincoln first used it in its current form in 1856.

Demands for Donated Blood Go Up at Wright-Patterson AFB (W. Eugene Barnett Jr, 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs)
The primary mission for the Armed Services Blood Program is to collect, manufacture and transport blood and blood products for ill or injured service members and their families worldwide. A tri-service program, the ASBP has more than 20 blood donor centers around the world ...

BAMC Outlying Clinics Sponsor First ASBP Blood Drives (Mark Salcedo, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Sam Houston, Texas)
Donating blood is a uniquely personal gift that one service member can do for another. Recently, Westover Medical Home, part of the Department of Family and Community Medicine for Brooke Army Medical Center ...

USMA Cadets Lead Fight to Save Lives (Dave Conrad, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Hood, Texas)
Every January, cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point return from winter break to help save the lives of thousands of service members, veterans and their families. During the first week of second semester , West Point hosts ...

Blood Donor for More than 50 Years Visits Fort Benning to Donate Platelets (Megan Garcia, Fort Benning Maneuver Center of Excellence Public Affairs)
Since 1965, 81-year-old Al Whitney has made it his personal goal to save lives one unit of blood at a time. “One day, I just heard a voice that said, ‘Al, you can do more,’” said Whitney, a native of Ohio.