94TH AAMDC hosts Armed Services Blood Program drive

| November 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

Sgt. Louis Lamar
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs

Armed Services Blood Program

Armed Services Blood Program

FORT SHAFTER — The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command hosted a unit blood drive in the command’s battery conference area, here, Nov. 13

The drive drew 30 units to help replenish the Department of Defense’s blood supply. The blood went to the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP), the agency that will get it to where it’s needed, especially to deployed service members.

“Soldiers should donate, because a person has to think, that could be me, deployed, wounded and in need of blood, or a family member or close friend might need the blood,” said Spc. Lisa Novak, paralegal specialist, 94th AAMDC. “If you think about it like that, it hits home, and you realize that you are making a bigger impact than you think when you donate.”

ASBP provides blood products for service members, veterans and their families. As a joint operation among the military services, the ASBP has many components working together to collect, process, store, distribute and transfuse blood worldwide.

“I think that a blood donation truly is a gift of life that a healthy individual can give,”said Pfc. Chastoni Jones, supply specialist, 94th AAMDC. “My brothers and sisters in arms overseas may not know who I am personally, but the fact that I made a positive and helpful donation that could save a life is all that matters to me.”

Novak donated because her buddies are currently deployed.

“I have the rarest blood type that the Army is always in need of,” said Novak. “When they figure out that I have a rare blood type, they always get excited, so when I see them get excited, it makes me think that me donating blood actually makes a difference.”


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