Arkansas Blood Institute Thanks & Recognizes Those Who Serve

November, 2018 ─  Arkansas Blood Institute invites military supporters to recognize the brave individuals who serve our country this Veterans Day by making a life-saving blood donation.

On Monday, November 12, the day our nation observes Veterans Day, donors who give blood at any Arkansas Blood Institute donor center will have the opportunity to write a letter of gratitude to an active military serviceperson to ensure that those who serve know their sacrifices are appreciated.  Donors will also receive camouflage arm wraps to mark the importance of Veterans Day.*

Arkansas Blood Institute has five donor center locations statewide:
Fort Smith, 5300 South “U”
Hot Springs, 149 Section Line Road, Suite G
Little Rock, 101 South Shackleford Road, Suite 2
North Little Rock, 4548 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Suite 6
Russellville, 1003 West Main

Arkansas Blood Institute is committed to providing life-saving blood necessary to treat our nation’s veterans and active service members. 

Arkansas Blood Institute proudly supplies blood products to VA medical centers in Little Rock, Oklahoma City, OK, Muskogee, OK, and Amarillo, TX.  In just the last year, Arkansas Blood Institute has also fulfilled orders for four branches of the U.S. military at the following installations: Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City; Langley AFB in Hampton, VA; Keesler AFB in Biloxi, MS; Elemendorf-Richardson AFB in Anchorage, AK; Lackland AFB and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX; Womack Army Hospital in Fort Bragg, NC; and the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, VA. 

Military installations in Arkansas, including Little Rock AFB and Fort Chaffee in Fort Smith, and National Guard bases, also help ensure an adequate blood supply for hospitals in the region by hosting regular blood drives.

“Our dedicated volunteer donors, many of whom are veterans of war and active military members, know the importance of giving blood regularly,” said John Armitage, president & CEO of Arkansas Blood Institute.  “We deeply value the heroes who served, or are currently serving, our country.  Providing blood to our military is not only our duty, but we are proud to make it a critical part of our life-saving mission.”

Blood can be donated every 56 days, platelets can be given as often as every 7 days up to 24 times a year, and plasma can be donated every 28 days.  Each blood donation can save up to three lives. Donors may forgo their t-shirt and funds will be donated to Global Blood Fund.

Through the work of Global Blood Fund, Arkansas Blood Institute helps to strengthen blood programs for U.S. allies around the world.  Donated equipment and training give America’s friends in places such as Laos and Cambodia greater capabilities to respond to civilian and military injuries from terrorist or foreign attacks.

Arkansas Blood Institute is part of the nation’s 6th largest, independent, nonprofit blood collector.  Appointments to give blood are not required but can be made by calling 877.340.8777 or clicking here.

*To donate blood, 16-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds and provide signed parental permission; 17-year-olds must weigh at least 125 pounds; 18+ year-olds must weigh at least 110 pounds

Bob Grant