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CWU Gives Blood for Military in Afghanistan, Iraq

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Students, staff, and others at Central Washington University rolled up their sleeves Tuesday for the men and women serving abroad in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Pacific Northwest division of the Armed Services Blood Bank Center came to campus to collect blood from anyone who wanted to donate and qualified based on health and travel requirements.  The blood collected will go to both countries in the next two weeks. 

Victor Shermer is the Blood Donor Recruiter for the division based in Washington.  He says turnout for ROTC events like the one at CWU are always high.  This helps their cause since many service men and women cannot donate right now.

"Because of such large quantities of deployments our pool of donors from the military side of the house have gone down," he said. 

Collecting blood is hard for the group since they can only visit federally funded sites like ROTC programs.  The center recently visited the University of Washington and University of Idaho campuses as well.