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Community rolls up sleeves for EFMP blood drive

By David DeKunder | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | Sept. 18, 2020

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas —

The Joint Base San Antonio community rolled up its sleeves Sept. 16 in support of the JBSA Exceptional Family Member Program’s blood drive at the JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Military & Family Readiness Center.

The blood drive was held in observance of Blood Cancer Awareness Month and in conjunction with the Exceptional Family Member Program, or EFMP, and the Armed Services Blood Program, or ASBP, at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston that supports Brooke Army Medical Center.

EFMP provides comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical and personnel services to families with special needs. ASBP is the military’s official blood program, providing quality blood products for active-duty members, veterans and their families.

During the event, Sgt. 1st Class Timothy French from the Caisson Platoon Headquarters Support Company, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, U.S. Army North, and his family were there to personally thank all the volunteers that donated blood during the drive. French’s seven-year-old son, Jacob, has had 13 blood transfusions in his life, so blood drives are very important to him and his family.

All blood donations are going to ASBP and Brooke Army Medical Center for patients in both the military and community populations who are treated at the hospital. Information about ASBP can be found at: https://militaryblood.dod.mil. Anyone who has travel or medical questions related to donating blood can call 210-295-4655.