Why Soldiers Should Consider Donating Blood?

Humanity calls upon us to lend a helping hand for a neighbor who might be in need. Through selfless acts such as donating blood, it shows just how human we are. It is important to give aid unconditionally, and regardless of the circumstances involved, not to expect anything in return. Most of the times, blood donation is done when there is an emergency but this should not be the case. Through proper planning and raising the awareness, blood can be donated through blood drives and stored in blood center reserves which can be used when the need arises. This not only saves time but lives too.

According to statistics, every two seconds someone needs blood out there. Hence, when you donate blood you save a life of an individual who needs a transfusion and in most cases, it is viewed that the act of donation majorly assists the recipient. Blood donation is known to have many health benefits and it is imperative to note that it not only benefits the recipient but the donor too. Regularly donating blood is recommended to all be it for civilians or soldiers. But in this case, we will be looking at why soldiers should donate blood and the many benefits that come with it in their demanding occupation.

The many perks that come with soldiers donating blood may include,
1. Improving blood flow and physical health.
Sometimes, the blood might be too thick to flow properly through the blood vessels and this might pose a health risk for you As we know, soldiers are always involved in a lot of physical activities which require their bodies to be performing at a high peak. Repeatedly donating blood stimulates the blood to flow freely, and this helps soldiers undertake their drills effectively while avoiding any fatal problems in the field.

2. Lowering the risk of heart diseases.
When you donate blood, it is scientifically proven that the cholesterol levels are lowered. enabling the blood to move freely and reducing the possibility of artery damage. This allows it to regenerate aiding the body to function properly and making you look healthier. This will significantly help soldiers who are involved in skills such as target shooting because this requires the body and mind to be as calm as possible.

3. Getting a mini-checkups.
Frequently donating blood allows a soldier to get mini medical check-ups. Before donating, one has to go through several physical checkups which include, the blood pressure, temperature, weight and hemoglobin levels. In case one has a condition, it can be detected early before getting into the field for military drills and this can come a long way in helping soldiers stay at their peak.

4. Enabling wounds to heal fast.
When you donate blood, the body replenishes it after a certain duration of time. This allows it to generate new blood cells all around your body even in areas with an injury. These new cells will help your body heal wounds faster. When soldiers are doing their military drills, they are prone to injuries and quick recovery time is required for them so as to go back to their training. Soldiers are very prone to having wounds but at least by donating blood, it can make them feel not worried any more because donating blood can make their wounds heal faster.

There are many benefits involved in blood donation. When it comes to soldiers, it is a practicality on how important it is for them to donate blood. It facilitates their well being and training too. Hence, these are just but a few reasons why they should consider donating blood.

A fighting chance

“Heroes come in many different ways,” says Frances Roth of Rochester. “My family’s hero is the blood donor who saved my granddaughter’s life in November 2006. That blood donor changed the course of our lives.”

On the night of November 17, 2006, Frances’ daughter-in-law, Farrah, received a call from the family pediatrician, telling her to bring Isabella, then age three, to Strong Memorial Hospital’s pediatric emergency department at once. Isabella had seen the doctor earlier that day because of Farrah’s concern for her daughter’s poor color and lethargy. Her doctor did blood tests on Isabella and saw that her blood level was extremely low. At Strong emergency that night, her parents were told that Isabella had leukemia and an immediate transfusion was required to save her life.

“We were totally blindsided; we just thought she was anemic,” said Frances. “If Isabella had not received a transfusion that night, she would not be here. Thanks to an anonymous donor (our) granddaughter survived that night. Whoever that blood donor is, we can never say thank you enough. (He or she) saved our Isabella,” she added.

Isabella’s stay in the hospital was seven weeks long, during which she received many more blood transfusions. Although she is now home, she continues to receive chemotherapy treatments. Her treatments are scheduled to last through 2009. According to Frances, Isabella is doing well and is responding to treatments but she still has a long fight ahead of her. “It’s been a long road,” said Frances. “But if it were not for a generous blood donor, we would not have Isabella in our lives. Blood donors are heroes because their donations can help save lives. To all of them, we say thank you. You can give no better gift.”

We Depend on You

No matter what the time of year, the American Red Cross Blood Services, New York-Penn Region depends on committed donors to give the “gift of life” to help ensure that quality blood products and services are always available when and where they are needed by hospital patients. Here are some facts: • One unit of blood can help save the lives of up to three people • In the United States, a blood transfusion is needed almost every two seconds • Only approximately five percent of the eligible population in the United States donates blood • Almost 60 percent of the population is eligible to donate blood The Red Cross needs donors to keep giving blood during all times of the year if it is to continue meeting patients’ need for blood: transfusions for trauma victims who have experienced accidents or burns; patients undergoing heart surgery or organ transplants; and patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer and other diseases. While it can be difficult to brave the elements during these winter months, we ask you to continue to make and keep your appointments. Your donation will help ensure that blood is available for those many patients who require this life-saving gift. It only takes about an hour of your time to help someone in need and you will leave with a great feeling in knowing that you may have helped save up to three lives. Please call 1-800-GIVE LIFE or visit DonateBloodNow.org/DonateBlood/ now to make an appointment. Lives depend on it…. perhaps even your own. On behalf of all our patients, we thank you for your continued support of the American Red Cross.