Jul 14, 2010 9:21 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Final day of Fort Carson blood drive

Today is the final day to donate blood for members of the military injured in the war zone.

Fort Carson is holding the drive at the post's Special Events Center, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. You do not need an appointment.

Blood donors should enter Fort Carson through Gate 1 for vehicle inspection. Gate 1 is located at Highway 115 at Nelson Boulevard. Drivers need proof of current insurance, proof of valid vehicle registration and a driver's license. Adult passengers must present current government issued photo identification, such as a driver's license.

According to Brandy Gill, Media Relations Chief for Fort Carson, "The Armed Services Blood Program from Fort Bliss, Texas, is able to quickly move blood donated locally to wherever it is needed without having to buy it from commercial sources. The need for blood remains critical in part because of the continued support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. Many Soldiers are deferred from donating blood because of their service overseas, so the ASBP actively seeks civilians who are able to donate."



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