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It’s National Blood Donor Month
Staff Sgt. Travis Gray, left, and Sheila Mitchell, laboratory technicians with the 81st Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron, process blood after a unit blood drive last August. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kemberly Groue)
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It's National Blood Donor Month

Posted 1/19/2011   Updated 1/20/2011 Email story   Print story


by Armed Services Blood Program

1/19/2011 - FALLS CHURCH, Va.  -- January is National Blood Donor Month and the Armed Services Blood Program salutes the thousands of dedicated donors who give so that military men, women, retirees and their families have a fighting chance when ill or wounded.

Keesler is one of 20 ASBP centers in the continental United States, Hawaii, Japan and Germany.

"We at the Armed Services Blood Program know that the dedication of our loyal donors is what keeps the military blood program successful,"said Col. Francisco Rentas, director. "It is because of them that our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines serving around the world receive the blood they need. We are sincerely thankful for their endless dedication and support."

Because blood is perishable and can be needed at any time, it must be collected continuously, making regular donors key to ensuring that blood is available year-round.

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