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Blood Donor

From the Chairman

August 2021

Tell Me About Your Post Blood Drive

Hello my fellow Legionnaires and family,

I would like to thank Commander Brandt for giving me the opportunity to continue serving this great department. I look forward to a great year under his leadership. I want to thank Ray Perez for his work for the past two (2) years as the previous Blood Donor Chairman.

I have already been to two (2) post that have had blood drives this past month. If your post is hosting a blood drive, please send me an email at to let me know and I will try and come to the event.

Here are some facts about blood donations from the American Red Cross,

  • Less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood or platelets.
  • Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured; they can only come from volunteer donors.
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
  • One donation can potentially save up to three lives.

Remember that this is a program with very work usually involved by the post volunteers. Normally, the post just needs to reach out to their local blood bank to schedule a drive at their location. One thing that I usually tell people is that when doing so, try and schedule it during an event to try and increase the possible number of donors.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 239-785-8282.

Brian “Taz” Gehling
Blood Donation Chair