Carter BloodCare is showing our respect for veterans and the brave men and women currently in the armed forces, by hosting special blood drives on November 9th and 10th.
For each blood donation that Carter BloodCare receives at the blood drives, the blood center will donate $10 toward The Blood Centers of America’s (BCA) Special Forces Wounded Warrior Fund.
Select a link below to make an appointment at the blood drive location of your choice:
Monday, November 9
Tuesday, November 10
- Olin E. Teague Veterans Center, 1901 Veterans Memorial Dr. in Temple
If you can’t make the locations listed above, make plans to give blood Nov. 9 – 11 at any one of our community donor centers and your donation will help boost the BCA Special Forces Wounded Warrior Fund. Make your appointment at a donor center or call/text 1-800-366-2834. Make sure you let our staff know you are giving for the BCA Special Forces Wounded Warrior Fund.
The relationship between blood donation and our military stretches from the battlefield to the home front. Many blood donors, as well as Carter BloodCare’s phlebotomists and other staff, are military veterans. Their appreciation of preparation and public service is crucial to supporting our objective of maintaining a safe and available blood supply.
Unfortunately, some military veterans and their families were previously deferred from blood donation because of where they were deployed while serving our country. This year, the Food Drug Administration reversed a number of blood donation eligibility restrictions, including the deferral for individuals who lived on U.S. military bases in Europe from 1980 to 1996; except for those stationed in Ireland or France. This previous deferral was because of risk of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD or mad cow disease).
If you previously attempted to give blood with Carter BloodCare and were deferred because of having lived on a military base in Europe, you must first be reinstated as a blood donor. Visit carterbloodcare.org to start the process. If you never attempted to donate because of the military deferral, you are not required to complete any paperwork before presenting to give blood.
We invite veterans and your families to join the community in blood donation, as we honor your bravery. Thank you for the willingness to give your lives in service for our freedom.