It has just become a little easier to donate blood.
The Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center rolled out its blood mobile recently. The first mobile drives using the blood mobile were sponsored by the 1st Theater Sustainment Command. The blood mobile is a state-of-the-art vehicle which should bring a lot of attention as it travels across Fort Bragg, to collect blood.
“There may come a time when I will need some blood, so I am paying it forward and helping my battle buddies,” said Spc. Evan Knode.
According to Staff Sgt. Douglas Aroca, Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center mobile noncommissioned officer in charge, the process for donating blood will be the same; the goal of the new blood mobile is to make the process more convenient for donors.
The state-of-the-art, 1,000 square-foot bus, has six donor beds, three interview stations and six, 17-inch TV screens — all to ensure donor comfort.
The new blood mobile means that organizations have three options when it comes to donating blood.
One, you can come to the donor center, located at Building 8-4156, Souter Place from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., no appointment necessary. Two, the mobile team can be sent out to one of your training areas and three, the blood mobile can just park outside your door, making it the most convenient option.
The blood mobile will go a long way in helping the donor center make its mission to provide blood for deployed military and patients at Womack Army Medical Center. Now the center is able to hold drives with organizations and military units that previously had no space in their building for the mobile team to collect. With the holiday season here, the need for blood can reach critical levels. Call the blood donor center and schedule a time for the blood mobile to come to your area.
“The blood mobile offers flexibility,” said Aroca. “We have waited a long time to get the bus and to get it on the road, we are just glad to be able to give everyone an opportunity to donate.”
To find out more about the Armed Services Blood Program or to schedule an appointment, please visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil.
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