Archive for Thursday, March 9, 2006

Fort puts out call for blood donors

March 9, 2006

The military is asking the public to participate in a blood drive at Fort Leavenworth for service members who are deployed or in Department of Defense medical facilities in the United States.

The blood drive, sponsored by the Armed Services Blood Program and Robertson Blood Center, Fort Hood, Texas, is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in Bell Hall and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in Harney Gym.

The Armed Services Blood Program is not affiliated with the Red Cross; it is the only agency that ships blood into areas where service members are deployed. Blood donated March 14 and 15 will be in Iraq or Afghanistan in seven to 10 days.

The Armed Services Blood Program was developed in 1952 to provide blood products and services to the military community worldwide in peacetime and war. Blood must be collected constantly to replace aging contingency supplies and also to meet the peacetime needs of the military health system. When service members deploy, the program's primary donor base is removed.

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