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National Blood Donor Month

 National Blood Donor MonthJanuary is National Blood Donor Month. Historically, blood donations decrease in the holiday and winter season as schedules change due to travel and leave, weather conditions intensify, and seasonal illnesses take hold. However, the need for blood remains constant.

Donated blood is used every day at hospitals and clinics worldwide across the Military Health System. The Department of Defense maintains stores of blood to be available for contingencies, disaster response and potential humanitarian missions. Since blood is perishable, these stores must be constantly maintained and replaced to maintain readiness.

Celebrate National Blood Donor Month by making plans to donate in 2023. 

Armed Services Blood Program

The Armed Services Blood Program - also known as the Military Blood Program - is the official military blood program of the U.S. armed forces.

As a joint operation among the military services (Army, Navy, Air Force), the ASBP:

  • Provides quality blood products for service members, their families, retirees, and veterans worldwide in both peace and war. 
  • Collects, processes, stores, transports, and distributes blood worldwide. 
  • Works closely with civilian counterparts in times of need. 

Blood Donations Help Whenever and Wherever Needed

The ASBP is focused on equipping the warfighter with lifesaving blood products needed on the battlefield as well as in military treatment facilities around the world.

Blood products are used for patients of all ages for many reasons—from cancer patients to those with battlefield injuries, military members and their families depend on blood donors every day.

You donation can save: 

  • A service member injured in action
  • A military child with cancer
  • A family member in need of heart surgery

Blood Donor Facts

Facts About Blood and Donations:

Blood Donor Deferral Lifted for 'Mad Cow' Disease

Videos to Share

Please share these videos on your social media channels and on video platforms within your MTFs. 

January is National Blood Donor Month Video

Suggested Social Media Message: The #DHA Armed Service Blood Program collects blood and ships out all over the world to support U.S. Military operations. Army, Air Force, Navy and DOD civilians lead blood drives and donate in their local community. With an ongoing shortage of blood product, the need to donate blood is vital! What better time than during National Blood Donor Month? #NationalBloodDonorMonth #LivingGivingSavingLives #NBDM23 #ThankYou4SavingLives #CelebrateAndDonate”


"Disasters Don't Wait, Donate Blood Today" Video

Suggested Social Media Message: “When a disaster strikes, blood is needed immediately, there is no time to wait for donations. Donate today, to prepare for tomorrow. Find where you can donate blood through the Armed Services Blood Program. One donation can save up to 3 lives. https://www.militaryblood.dod.mil/Military Blood Donation Webpage #NationalBloodDonorMonth #LivingGivingSavingLives #NBDM23 #ThankYou4SavingLives #CelebrateAndDonate”


CSM Gragg Blood Donation Video

Suggested Social Media Message:  “Will DHA Senior Enlisted Leader, CSM Michael Gragg conquer his fear of donating blood? Watch as CSM Gragg and his wife Rusita attend a blood drive. "Disasters Don't Wait, Donate Blood Today" https://www.militaryblood.dod.mil/Military Blood Donation webpage #NationalBloodDonorMonth #ASBP”


CSM Gragg Blood "Why I Donate Blood" Video

Suggested Social Media Message: “Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Gragg, DHA Senior Enlisted Leader, sits down with retired Sgt. Russell Himmelberger, to talk about his service, his injury during OIF, and why he donates blood to the Armed Services Blood Program. One donation can save up to three lives! https://www.militaryblood.dod.mil/Military Blood Donation webpage #LivingGivingSavingLives #NBDM23 #ThankYou4SavingLives #CelebrateAndDonate”


"How Blood Saved My Life: Travis Mills' Story" Video

Suggested Social Media Message: “Wounded Warrior Travis Mills, a quadruple amputee, talks about his battlefield injuries and why donating blood to the Armed Services Blood Program is so important. https://www.militaryblood.dod.mil/Military Blood Donor webpage #BloodDonorMonth #LivingGivingSavingLives #NBDM23 #ThankYou4SavingLives #CelebrateAndDonate”


Social Media Content & Graphics

 January is National Blood Donor Month. Thank You. Living. Giving. Saving Lives.

Use this banner graphic on your website or social media channels to recognize National Blood Donor Month.


 January is National Blood Donor Month. Thank You. Living. Giving. Saving Lives

Suggested Social Media Message: "By donating blood with the Armed Service Blood Program, you can help support service members, their families, retirees, and veterans in need worldwide. Celebrate National Blood Donor Month and Donate! Find an ASBP site near you: https://www.militarydonor.com/” #LivingGivingSavingLives #NBDM23 #ThankYou4SavingLives #CelebrateAndDonate"


 January is National Blood Donor Month. Thank You. Living. Giving. Saving Lives

Suggested Social Media Message: "By donating blood with the Armed Services Blood Program, you can help support service members, their families, retirees, and veterans in need worldwide. Celebrate National Blood Donor Month and Donate! Find an ASBP site near you: https://www.militarydonor.com/” #LivingGivingSavingLives #NBDM23 #ThankYou4SavingLives #CelebrateAndDonate"


 Welcome Back Lifesavers! FDA lifts vCJD/"Mad Cow" Disease Travel deferral for all of Europe.

Suggested Social Media Message: “Donating just got easier as the #FDA recently fully removed a major travel deferral. Restrictions for vCJD, commonly referred to as ‘Mad Cow’ disease, have been lifted! These restrictions affected many within the military community who were stationed in Europe. You may now be eligible to donate! Learn more here: https://www.health.mil/News/Articles/2022/11/09/Mad-Cow-Blood-Donor-Ban-Lifted #LivingGivingSavingLives #NBDM23 #ThankYou4SavingLives #MadCowDeferralLifted"


 National Blood Donor Month

Suggested Social Media Message: “This year over 4.5 million people will need a blood transfusion. You can help make that life-saving resource available. Find out how to donate today: https://www.militaryblood.dod.mil/index.html Military Blood Donor Webpage #NationalBloodDonorMonth #NBDM23 #ThankYou4SavingLives #CelebrateAndDonate


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