Story and photo by Carl Norman
Special to GUIDON
The Fort Leonard Wood community can help save lives Feb. 24 and 25 by donating at one of two Armed Services Blood Program blood drives.
The first drive is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 24 at General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital in the Primary Care Conference Room on the first floor, across from the Internal Medicine Clinic. The second drive is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 25 on Court 1 at the Davidson Fitness Center.
Both drives are open to everyone — military or civilian — who is 17 years old and older. Individuals and groups, such as Noncommissioned Officer Academy classes or others needing community service credits, are welcome. Call 573.596.5385 if bringing a group of 10 people or more.
All donors will receive a free ASBP T-shirt, some juice and cookies and a heart-felt thank you. Those completing their fourth donation with the ASBP will receive a certificate of achievement from the GLWACH commander, which is worth five promotion points.
Additionally, Fort Leonard Wood Civilian Personnel Regulation 690-12, Chapter 8 encourages government civilian employees to donate, allowing up to four hours excused absence for recuperation and travel to and from the donation site.
Potential blood donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old and feeling well for the past three days. They must also be well-hydrated and have eaten something before donating.
Those wanting to donate should bring a list of foreign countries they have traveled to. Be sure to include when, where and for how long, and a photo ID (military ID, driver’s license, etc).
The ASBP is the official blood collection agency for the Department of Defense. Blood collected at these drives goes directly to medical facilities in Afghanistan and other deployed locations around the world, as well as to military hospitals on installations throughout the Department of Defense.
The military health care system requires about 400 units of blood every day. It’s the ASBP’s mission to make sure that blood is available to medical providers, but that can’t be done without volunteer donors.
For more information on this drive, or to make an appointment to donate, e-mail Carl Norman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Editor’s note: Norman is the Fort Leonard Wood Blood Donor Center donor recruiter.)