FALLS CHURCH, Va. (Jan. 1, 2014) -- January is National Blood Donor Month, and this year, the Armed Services Blood Program would like to thank donors for joining the 'arms' race.

"2013 was a great year for the military blood program, and we have you -- our donors -- to thank for it," Air Force Col. Richard H. McBride, director of the ASBP, said. "You all came out by the thousands to join the arms race and we are so grateful!"

This year, for their second annual Military National Blood Donor Month Celebration, scheduled for Jan. 9 at the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Va., ASBP will bring together many of the military medicine's past, present and future leaders.

"We are really getting excited for this celebration," McBride said. "It should be a great event. We have gotten a lot of great responses so far, and I can't wait to watch it all come together."

Air Force Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas J. Robb, Defense Health Agency director, will kick-off the celebration with a dynamic presentation. Guests will also hear about the impact of blood transfusions from a wounded warrior. The celebration will close with the presentation of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award to two transformative military blood bankers.

In addition to the Military Blood Donor Month Celebration, ASBP blood donor centers worldwide will be holding special ceremonies of their own to thank the many men and women who have worked hard to ensure that blood and blood products are available for military families year-round.

To find out more about the Armed Services Blood Program or to schedule an appointment, visit them online: www.militaryblood.dod.mil. To interact directly with some of their staff, see more photos or to get the latest news, visit: www.facebook.com/militaryblood, www.flickr.com/militaryblood and www.twitter.com/militaryblood.