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Soldiers give blood for Valentine's Day
Soldiers give blood for Valentine's Day

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The American Red Cross and the National Guard Bureau's GED Plus program will host a Valentine's Day blood drive Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The blood drive will take place at the GED Plus complex on post.

The intent of the blood drive is to help replenish the area's critically low blood supplies which were further impacted by recent and ongoing severe winter weather.

GED Plus is a program offered by the National Guard Bureau which allows applicants without a high school diploma to enlist and earn their GED before basic training.  The program consists of academic training, military science and physical conditioning in a basic training environment, supervised by drill sergeants.  The class lengths are based on the student's Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) and last either 15 or 22 days in residence. Approximately 3,000 new recruits from Army National Guard units in all 50 states and 4 U.S. territories earned their GED through this program in 2010.