Your Blood Donation Will Save A Life

Cpl. Daniel Wetzel, assigned to the Defense Media Activity on Fort George G. Meade, Md., prepares to give blood during a drive hosted by the Armed Services Blood Program Jan. 11, 2012. Photo by Staff Sgt. Devon Suits

Last week the Armed Services Blood Program‘s mobile blood drive team stopped by the Defense Media Activity, making it easy for the staff here to donate blood.

I wasn’t able to donate this time, because my small veins didn’t want to cooperate, but this wasn’t my first time getting stuck with a needle for a good cause.

I do it for two reasons, because I have O-negative blood, a universal donor, and because I am a veteran.

I do it knowing that the blood I donate could help save the life of a fellow service member, a service member who might possibly need my blood because they were injured on the battlefield defending my freedom, and it is my way of continuing to serve.

This month, National Blood Donor Month, is a good time to make a donation that could make a difference in the life of a soldier, sailor, Marine or airman, but don’t let this be the only time you donate this year.

According to literature from the ASBP, red blood cells only have 35-42 days to make it to a life-in-need. The good news is, you can make a life-saving donation every 57 days, and up to 24 times-per-year, increasing the odds that blood is available when it’s needed.

And for those of you who have already given the gift of blood, the ASBP thanks you.

 

If you haven’t made a donation yet, what’s stopping you? It’s really not that bad.

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