Military Reserve Unit Hits The Road For Blood Drive
Posted December 28, 2001 9:47 a.m. EST
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Many reserve units have been mobilized to help support the war on terrorism, including an Army reserve unit that has been activated for the first time to try and help ease the blood shortage.
Members of the 7236th Blood Donor Center Reserve Unit at Fort Bragg have a unique mission. Their challenge is to continue to have enough blood on hand to send with Fort Bragg soldiers who may deploy at a moment's notice.
"Because Fort Bragg has a mission of a rapid deployment force, when they deploy to other areas, they need blood support at a moment's notice. It's much better to have blood from here to take with them when they deploy," said reserve soldier Maj. Emmett Gourdine.
The number of deployed soldiers and new donor restrictions due to Mad Cow Disease have made it difficult to find enough donors. So, the unit is taking blood drives on the road and going after new recruits at military installations in the Southeast.
The goal is for Bragg to have 120 units of O positive blood at all times.
The 7236th is the only blood reserve unit that has been activated. Active duty is expected to last for a year.