Back to Top Skip to main content Skip to sub-navigation

Coming together during a pandemic to provide life-giving blood.

Service member gives blood while wearing a mask. Captain Aaron Hew Len, assigned to Task Force Oahu’s COVID-19’s response team, donates blood during the Armed Services Blood Program drive held April 24, 2020, at the 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Readiness Center in Kalaeloa, Hawaii. The blood donated by activated guardsmen will be used by service members on the front line and homefront, and by their civilian counterparts. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mysti Bicoy)

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | Armed Services Blood Program

As the nation continues to battle the spread of COVID-19, the Armed Services Blood Program has instituted new safety measures and programs to ensure the warfighter will receive the blood products they need. When people think of donating blood, they probably envision whole blood, explained Army Col. Audra L. Taylor, ASBP division chief. But blood donations are also broken down to blood components, including plasma, platelets, and red blood cells. These blood products — including whole blood — are sent to combatant commands around the world, as well as to military treatment facilities. Blood products do expire, which makes the need for blood donors ever constant, Taylor added.

Service members are taking action by giving blood to support their brothers and sisters in arms during this worldwide pandemic. Donors include Army Sgt. Samantha Delgado, who recently reached the one-gallon donor milestone at the Lackland Blood Donor Center in Texas. As a universal blood-type donor, Delgado knows that her blood can go to anyone and has given it readily over her five years in the Army. “I feel as though it’s a civil duty for me to give as it’s the only blood type that can go to everyone,” she said.

Delgado is among thousands of service members throughout the country who are rolling up their sleeves to save lives by donating blood. From coast to coast and around the world, military communities are coming together to support a fit and ready force by coordinating and supporting local blood drives hosted by the ASBP. The ASBP is the official blood program for the Department of Defense, tasked with ensuring the Military Health System has blood products wherever and whenever needed.

In response to COVID-19, the ASBP has implemented additional safety measures at blood drives and centers to ensure a safe donation environment following recommended guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Food and Drug Administration. Newly implemented procedures include staff wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, taking of a donor’s temperature before entering the collection area, keeping groupings of staff and donors to 10 or less, increasing cleaning products on site, and cleaning of all reused items such as pens.

“There is no known or reported risk to a donor at this time to contract COVID-19 during the donation process,” said Taylor, adding anyone interested in donating blood or organizing a local blood drive can contact the ASBP.

Due to social distancing and stay-at-home orders throughout the country, the ASBP has seen numerous blood drives cancelled and a significant decrease in donor turnout. Thanks to military communities coming together, the blood program has been able to meet the current demand for blood abroad and within military treatment facilities. However, the situation can change rapidly and the need for donations is critical to support present and future readiness.

Marine Lance Cpl. Mark Cody, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in Twentynine Palms, California, decided to donate at his local ASBP blood drive because he heard giving blood will support service members on the front lines. “I am simply donating blood because it’s the right thing to do,” said Cody. “When you have the chance to help the forward deployed units, you just do it. We have to have each other’s back and giving blood is one way to show we care for one another.”

You also may be interested in...

Medical Leaders Address COVID-19 Concerns During Family Forum

Article
1/21/2022
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Jemuel Macabali, from San Diego, Calif., gives the COVID-19 vaccine to staff at Camp Lemonnier, in Djibouti, Aug. 13, 2021.

Top health leaders talk about the recent spike in COVID-19 infections and the impact on the military community.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus

Navy Hospital Corpsman steps into the breach in the war on COVID-19

Article Around MHS
1/18/2022
Hospitalman Hector Conde standing in front of a immunization office's refrigeration

First responders and those fighting on the medical battleground have earned well-deserved recognition for their efforts.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus

Blood Needed: Armed Services Blood Program Urges Donors to Step Up

Article
1/12/2022
Navy Lieutenant Daniel Murrish, a Sailor serving aboard Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point, donates blood during a blood drive hosted by the Armed Services Blood Program.

The Armed Services Blood Program and civilian centers nationwide are low on blood. Make it your new year's resolution to donate today.

Recommended Content:

Armed Services Blood Program

Sailor donating blood

Photo
1/12/2022
Navy Lieutenant Daniel Murrish, a Sailor serving aboard Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point, donates blood during a blood drive hosted by the Armed Services Blood Program.

Navy Lieutenant Daniel Murrish, a Sailor serving aboard Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point, donates blood during a blood drive hosted by the Armed Services Blood Program (Photo by Thomas Cieslak)

Recommended Content:

Armed Services Blood Program

Critically ill COVID Patient Delivers Baby While on Heart-Lung Bypass

Article
1/11/2022
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hernandez and his wife, Ashley, take a family portrait with their six children. Ashley is BAMC’s first patient to give birth while on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation.

Hernandez, a Marine Corps spouse and mother of five, is BAMC’s first patient to give birth while on Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation.

Recommended Content:

Women's Health | Coronavirus

Got Your 6 - Jan. 3, 2022

Video
1/4/2022
‘Got Your 6’ is TRICARE’s COVID vaccine video series that delivers important information and updates, on days that end in ‘6.’ It includes the latest information about DOD vaccine distribution, the TRICARE health benefit, and vaccine availability. Got a question about ‘Got Your 6’? Send an email to dha.ncr.comm.mbx.dha-internal-communications@mail.mil

‘Got Your 6’ is TRICARE’s COVID vaccine video series that delivers important information and updates, on days that end in ‘6.’ It includes the latest information about DOD vaccine distribution, the TRICARE health benefit, and vaccine availability. Got a question about ‘Got Your 6’? Send an email to dha.ncr.comm.mbx.dha-internal-communications@mail.mil Find your local military provider at tricare.mil/MTF, or go to tricare.mil/vaccineappointments and schedule yours today!

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine | Coronavirus | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

Navy Corpsmen Help Keep Life-Saving Blood Products Flowing

Article Around MHS
1/3/2022
Navy Hospitalman Jia Li Chen works at the Armed Services Blood Bank Center-Pacific Northwest in charge of helping keep life-saving blood product flowing.

Blood products collected are distributed world-wide to provide support from deployed troops overseas to veterans and their families at home.

Recommended Content:

Armed Services Blood Program

This is my Why

Article Around MHS
12/30/2021
Air Force Senior Airman Marcus Bullock poses for a photo after receiving his COVID-19 vaccination

Air Force Senior Airman Marcus Bullock stated his reason for getting the vaccine was to help his mother and son be able to have a play date again.

Recommended Content:

COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Coronavirus

Development of WRAIR’s Pan-Coronavirus Vaccine Shows Promise

Article
12/28/2021
A vial of spike ferritin nanoparticle WRAIR's COVID-19 vaccine

Series of preclinical studies supports the Army’s pan-coronavirus vaccine development strategy

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine | Coronavirus | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts

Immunization Experts are Central to COVID-19 Vaccine Program

Article
12/20/2021
Medical director at Fort Riley, Kansas receives a COVID-19 vaccination In his left arm from a tech in personal protective equipment.

Immunization Health Division at forefront of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

National Blood Donor Month

Infographic
12/17/2021
National Blood Donor Month - Do Your Part To Save A Life Be A Blood Donor Today!

Saving a life has never been easier! Click here to find a blood donation location and join us in honoring #NationalBloodDonorMonth today: https://www.militarydonor.com

Recommended Content:

January | Armed Services Blood Program

Military Health System Marks 1-Year Anniversary for COVID Vaccinations

Article
12/14/2021
FEmale Marine gets COVID 19 vaccination in left  arm at Camp LeJeune in December 2020

More than 6.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered a year after first shots within MHS.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus | COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine | Coronavirus and the COVID-19 Vaccine

So others may breathe - Navy Medicine Respiratory Therapist cares for COVID casualties

Article Around MHS
12/13/2021
Military Health personnel posing for a picture

Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Tessa Hazard, a respiratory therapist, recently deployed to Alabama as a member of a COVID-19 response team.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus

Army Public Health Center provides update on Long COVID risks

Article Around MHS
12/1/2021
COVID19 Symptoms

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems people can experience four or more weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.

Recommended Content:

Coronavirus

JTF Coyote begins pediatric COVID-19 clinics as adult booster vaccination numbers increase

Article Around MHS
11/23/2021
Military health personnel giving the COVID-19 vaccine

The Vermont National Guard now supports the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic with vaccinations for youth in the 5 to 11 age group and booster clinics for the general adult population.

Recommended Content:

COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts | Coronavirus
<< < 1 2 3 4 5  ... > >> 
Showing results 1 - 15 Page 1 of 38

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing. Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.