Give blood Nov. 8 at MTSU to thank veterans, save community lives

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There's been plenty of sweat and tears shed over this election, so why not shed a little blood at MTSU Tuesday, Nov. 8, in honor of the people who protect America's rights?

The Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center at MTSU is sponsoring a special blood drive Nov. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Tom Jackson Building, located at 628 Alma Mater Drive on the west side of campus. It's a tribute to all veterans in honor of the annual U.S. observance of Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11.

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MTSU donors came out in force last month for the annual "Bleed Blue, Beat WKU" challenge, falling short of winning the championship trophy for a fifth time in six years by only 10 successful donors.

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Organizers of the veterans' blood drive are encouraging donors who couldn't participate in the October event to be sure to plan to donate blood at the Nov. 8 collection.

Donors can use the Red Cross's new technology by typing "veterans" into the "Find a Blood Drive" box at http://redcrossblood.org to make a Nov. 8 appointment or using the new "American Red Cross Blood" app, available at http://ow.ly/S39Ke.

Donors also can save more time Nov. 8 by completing the new "Rapid Pass" online health questionnaire at http://www.redcrossblood.org/rapidpass on a desktop or laptop computer before giving blood. They'll need to show an emailed or printed copy of the same-day confirmation at the check-in desk.

MTSU's Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center is the largest and most comprehensive such facility on any college campus in Tennessee. The 2,600-square-foot center, located in Room 124 of the Keathley University Center, provides a one-stop shop for a variety of academic needs for MTSU's nearly 1,000 student veterans and their families.

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