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How to donate blood to support troops overseas

Posted at 4:11 AM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 14:35:20-04

FORT CARSON — A blood drive is happening Monday morning at Fort Carson to provide blood for wounded warriors overseas.

It's part of the Armed Services Blood Program, which serves as the sole provider of blood to places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

If you'd like to donate, you can make your way out to Fort Carson's special events center to donate.

All you need to do is make sure you are a DOD card holder, or visit with a DOD card holder.

The blood drive kicks off at 9 a.m. and goes through 4 p.m.

Fort Carson received a record-breaking amount of donations last year when more than 250 people showed up.

Organizers are hoping to top that again this year, with the goal set at more than 300 donations.

"One donation can save up to three lives, which is huge," said event organizer Captain Corrine Brown.
"So last year, actually Fort Carson led the way for blood donations across the entire nation."

The blood donations directly support military service members and their families to include military hospitals, ships, combat support, hospitals, and medics on the front line.

All the blood collected here today will be delivered to them within four days.

The blood donations also directly support active duty service members and veterans receiving treatment back home.

While most folks are healthy enough to donate, there are a few exceptions.

You can find all the guidelines and requirements here.