Where the Blood Flows

Ever wonder where your blood will end up after you roll-up your sleeves for the Armed Services Blood Program?

Well, while they’re not exactly tracing every blood cell donated to its final destination, you can rest assured that your contribution is going help save the life of a service member, or a military family member in need.

“That blood stays within the military community, so when someone comes in and gives a donation we’re not going to sell it to the Red Cross…it’s soldiers giving blood to soldiers, or airmen giving blood to airmen or soldiers,” says Maj. Patrick Cutter, chief of the Armed Services Blood Bank in Landstuhl, Germany.

It’s actually quite fascinating the process the blood goes through after it leaves your body. I could bore you with the details here, or you could watch this video complete with gory special effects like needles poking arms (full disclosure: I looked away) and blood and plasma separating.

 

Have you made a donation yet? If not, visit the Armed Services Blood Program’s site to find a donation center near you.

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