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    Florida Guardsmen support the COVID-19 mission by donating plasma

    Florida Army National Guard Soldiers donate blood

    Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Trinity Bierley | Florida Army National Guard Soldiers from the 50th RSG donate blood at the Hard Rock...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Leia Tascarini 

    107th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    MIAMI - Florida National Guard (FLNG) Soldiers are working closely with civilian partner agencies in an effort to combat the COVID-19 disease by donating convalescent plasma.

    “By donating blood and plasma you can save so many lives,” said Lilly Miret, recruiter for blood donation at OneBlood. “After two negative COVID tests anyone can donate plasma.”

    According to the FDA antibodies are proteins made by the body in response to infections. Convalescent plasma from patients who have already recovered from coronavirus disease may contain antibodies against COVID-19. Giving this convalescent plasma to hospitalized people currently fighting COVID-19 may help them recover. (

    “Imagine [Florida Guard Soldiers] are doing more than they’re already doing by donating,” said Lilly Miret, recruiter for blood donation at OneBlood. “It’s very rewarding to see [Soldiers] come out and support their community by donating.”

    Gov. Ron DeSantis called on those who have recovered from the COVID-19 disease to donate plasma. The FLNG jumped into action by allowing Soldiers who have recovered from the disease volunteer to donate blood and plasma.

    “I am always proud of my Soldiers because of the caliber of people they are,” said Cpt. Kenneth Dixon, company commander 356th Quartermaster Company. “We are out here donating not just our time but also our blood because disaster response is a group effort.”

    FLNG Soldiers have been on the front lines of the pandemic since late March and continue to support the mission all over the state at community based testing sites and other facilities. More than 1,000 Soldiers remain in the fight against COVID while others are preparing to respond to the 2020 hurricane season and overseas missions.



    Date Taken: 08.15.2020
    Date Posted: 08.29.2020 11:23
    Story ID: 377078
    Location: MIAMI, FL, US 

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