Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Military: Give Life to a Military Service Member!

You have the ability to save the life of a wounded service member or a member of their family!

By donating blood through the ASBP, you support our military and their families. All blood donated through ASBP goes directly to military men and women, both at home and abroad, as well as their families. Whole blood and blood platelets are needed daily for transfusions for our injured combat troops, cancer patients, transplant patients and many more.

As a transplant recipient and the spouse of a naval officer, I can not emphasize enough the blessing of receiving those blood donations. I have no idea who my blood came from during those eight hours of surgery, but I thank you from the bottom of my heart. By encouraging others to donate, perhaps I can return the favor.

Donating whole blood takes less than an hour of your time, and could save a life. The ASBP will be in our Kitsap County several times before the New Year. December 6, the ASBP will be accepting donations at Naval Base Kitsap - Keyport, Building 105. December 12, they will be at Naval Base Kitsap - Bangor. Although they will be located at the Trident Training Facility, access to dependents, retirees and contractors can be arranged through the TTF Security Desk.

The ASBP will also be taking blood donations at the Bremerton Naval Hospital on December 18. As long as donors have base access, they may donate blood at this event.

Military service members, dependent family members, retirees and their family members, and civilian government contractors are encouraged to give blood. To see if you are an eligible donor, please go to

For more information, call 253-968-1903. And thank you for supporting our heroes!

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