Skip to main content

Military Health System

Clear Your Browser Cache

This website has recently undergone changes. Users finding unexpected concerns may care to clear their browser's cache to ensure a seamless experience.

Donate Blood at USNA Blood Drive and Save Lives with the ASBP

Image of Donate Blood at USNA Blood Drive and Save Lives with the ASBP. Join the ASBP at the United States Naval Academy blood drive on April 19 and April 20 in Dahlgren Hall for an opportunity to support lifesaving efforts.

This April, blood donors in Annapolis will have an opportunity to help the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) save lives by donating at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) blood drives on April 19 and April 20. All eligible donors are encouraged to come out and donate at Dahlgren Hall between the hours of 1000 and 1900. ASBP Division Chief Navy Capt. Leslie “Les” Riggs highlights just how important each and every donation is.

“There is no substitute for blood, it is a vital tool for saving lives. Whether it be a warfighter in an emergency surgery, or one of their family members receiving a blood transfusion, the need for potent blood products remains steadfast. Donate blood and help make a difference,” Riggs said.

The Armed Services Blood Program is the official blood program of the U.S. military; tasked with a mission to provide quality blood products to military healthcare operations worldwide. The program relies on donations from individual volunteer donors to ensure that there is always a steady supply of blood available for those in need.

The theme of this year's blood drive is “Duty. Honor. Commitment. Donate Blood. Save Lives.” This powerful message is a reminder of the responsibility within the USNA community, from leadership to cadets to staff and supporters, to act on the message whenever possible. Donating blood with the ASBP, helping warfighters and make a direct impact for the larger military community in need, demonstrates taking words to action.

Midshipman Ella Vath was asked to volunteer at the blood drive as a coordinator. Vath, a Chemistry major who hopes to serve in either the submarine community or the USMC, explained how the theme of the blood drive aligns with the values of the midshipmen.

“At the Naval Academy, the goal of the institution is to develop midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically with the end goal of graduating qualified Naval and Marine Corps Officers. I think many midshipmen understand this and we speak about integrating with the fleet often but, we rarely have a chance to impact it. With an event like the blood drive, it allows midshipmen to connect themselves to the end goal to show moral development in the realms of honor, duty, and commitment. Midshipmen attend USNA to be a part of something greater than themselves and giving blood allows them to do so by ultimately saving lives in the fleet we will soon be proud to join,” Vath said.

As a midshipman, donating is a selfless act that demonstrates leadership qualities and has a positive impact on the lives of others within the military; it is an opportunity for future leaders to make a meaningful contribution to their community. The ASBP is hoping for a large turnout after hosting successful blood drives at other military academies as well this year – both at US Military Academy – West Point and US Air Force Academy. Before you roll up your sleeve to donate blood, it’s important to make sure you meet the standard requirements for eligibility. Prospective donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh a minimum of 116 pounds. Additionally, donors must have been in good health for at least three days prior to donation and have not undergone any major dental procedures within the past three days (cleanings and fillings are permissible after a 24-hour period). It is also important for donors to be well-hydrated and to have eaten prior to donation. While additional deferrals still apply to those donating blood, a recent change has enabled many to donate blood once again.

More individuals are eligible to donate now that the FDA has lifted the Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) deferral that had prevented many from donating. Previously, individuals who had spent significant amounts of time in parts of Europe and other specified areas, or who received blood transfusions in those areas, were deferred due to concerns about vCJD, commonly known as “Mad Cow” disease.

The whole USNA community is welcome to come and support the ASBP; faculty and staff located at USNA and NSA Annapolis are encouraged to donate alongside cadets. All blood types are needed. No appointment is needed to donate however they are recommended. To schedule an appointment to donate, please visit militarydonor.com and search for the blood drive using sponsor code “USNA.”

Don't miss this opportunity! Sign up today to donate blood at the ASBP United States Naval Academy Blood Drive in April. We hope to see you there!

Armed Services Blood Program

Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program is the official blood program of the United States military. Our mission is to provide quality blood products and support to military health care operations worldwide; from the battlefield to the local hospital, whenever and wherever needed. The ASBP collects, processes, stores, transports, and distributes blood products to service members, their families, retirees and veterans in peace and war. In an ASBP Enterprise view – Military Health Affairs, Defense Health Agency, Service Blood Programs and Combatant Commands – we operate under common goals, metrics, procedures, and work together to shape the future.

The ASBP is one of four organizations tasked with providing a safe blood supply to the nation. Our program also works closely with our civilian counterparts in times of need to maximize the availability of this national treasure.


To find out more about the ASBP or schedule an appointment to donate, please visit www.health.mil/asbp.To interact directly with ASBP staff members or get the latest news, follow us @militaryblood on Facebook and Twitter, and @usmilitaryblood on Instagram.

You also may be interested in...

Infographic
Nov 22, 2023

ASBP - Holiday Blood Donor (Air Force)

Give one priceless gift to Change Lives. Save Lives. Donate Blood.

One priceless gift = Lives Changed. Lives Saved. This holiday, take time to give the gift of life by #donatingblood with @militaryblood. The need for blood is constant & your priceless gift makes an immediate impact for the #militaryfamily in need. Find ‘gift giving’ locations here: militarydonor.com #donatebloodsavelives #ChangeLivesSaveLives

Infographic
Nov 22, 2023

ASBP - Holiday Blood Donor (Army)

Give one priceless gift to Change Lives. Save Lives. Donate Blood.

During the holiday and winter season, donations historically decrease – due to travel, seasonal illness, and weather conditions - but the need for blood remains the same. This holiday, take time to give ONE priceless gift of life by donating blood. Find a location or drive here: militarydonor.com #donateblood #ChangeLivesSaveLives

Infographic
Nov 22, 2023

ASBP - Holiday Blood Donor (Veterans)

Give one priceless gift to Change Lives. Save Lives. Donate Blood.

One priceless gift = Lives Changed. Lives Saved. This holiday, take time to give the gift of life by #donatingblood with @militaryblood. The need for blood is constant & your priceless gift makes an immediate impact for the #militaryfamily in need. Find ‘gift giving’ locations here: militarydonor.com #donatebloodsavelives #ChangeLivesSaveLives

Video
Oct 24, 2023

Blood Donations Save Lives

Blood Donations Save Lives

If you could save three lives in less than an hour, would you? Dr. Lester Martinez-Lopez, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, encourages everyone to donate blood. One donation can save up to 3 lives and takes less than 1 hour. Readiness is a key focus of the Defense Health Agency and blood donation is a key part of military medical ...

Video
Sep 29, 2023

For Us. From Us. Join Us in Saving Lives: Donate Blood with the ASBP!

For Us. From Us. Join Us in Saving Lives: Donate Blood with the ASBP!

The Armed Services Blood Program is the official blood program of the US military. We provide quality blood products to our military community worldwide. It is both for 'us' (military; service members, families, veterans) and from 'us' (donations by military, their families, retirees, veterans, government civilians). Donating does not take long and ...

Topic
Sep 18, 2023

Armed Services Blood Program

The Armed Services Blood Program provides quality blood products for service members, veterans and their families in both peace and war. As a joint operation among the military services (Army, Navy, Air Force), the ASBP has many components working together to collect, process, store, distribute, and transfuse blood worldwide.

Article
Aug 8, 2023

Give the Gift of Life this Summer by Donating Blood

Summer is here, and while blood donors take vacations, go on leave, or go through a permanent change of station, the need for blood products remains steadfast. The Armed Services Blood Program, the official blood program of the U.S. military, is urging all to step up and donate blood. Help ensure military readiness by scheduling a donation with the ASBP today.  (Credit: Jonathan Davis)

Summer is here, and while blood donors take vacations, go on leave, or go through a permanent change of station, the need for blood products remains steadfast. The Armed Services Blood Program, the official blood program of the U.S. military, is urging all to step up and donate blood. Help ensure military readiness by scheduling a donation with the ...

Refine your search
Last Updated: June 27, 2023
Follow us on Instagram Follow us on LinkedIn Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on YouTube Sign up on GovDelivery