In peace or war time, the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) helps provide quality blood products for Service members and their families. The ASBP has many components that work together to collect, process, store, distribute, and transfuse blood worldwide. This program is a joint operation between military services including the Army, Navy, and Air Force.
Now, the program’s most important mission is supporting troops in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Blood is shipped to those locatoins several times per week. According to Lt. Col. Deehr, “Having an adequate supply of blood in forward areas can mean the difference between life and death for those injured in the line of duty. To make sure blood is available for those who need it most, the ASBP relies on strong donor support and routinely scheduled blood drives.”
Military donor centers can accept blood donations from military service members, their immediate families, retirees, and DoD employees. Donations from non-DoD civilians who fit the ASBP eligibility criteria and have access to the blood drive will be gratefully accepted.
You Can Help by Donating Blood
ASBP has 20 blood doner centers in the U.S. and around the world. Visit the website to get information on locations and scheduled blood drives.
Even if you cannot donate blood, ASBP has many other ways that you can help! You can help:
- Organize a blood drive
- Encourage others to donate
- Help a friend donate
- Volunteer at a blood drive