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Joe Puca, U.S. Air Force Veteran and blood donor since 1996.

Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin to salute military heroes on Veterans Day

Milwaukee – October 24, 2019

Versiti and Wisconsin military veterans encourage community members to donate


On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin will be honoring veterans for their dedication to our country and commitment to saving lives through blood donation.

Versiti encourages community members to thank and honor our local veterans by giving blood on

Nov. 11, at one of its nine donor centers around the state, or at one of its community blood drives:

  • Milwaukee, 11:45 a.m. – 5:45 p.m., 638 N. 18th St.
  • Kenosha, 9:30 a.m. – 5:15 a.m., 8064 39th Ave.
  • Wauwatosa, 6 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., 8733 W. Watertown Plank Road
  • Greenfield, 7:00 a.m. – 6:45 p.m., 7210 W. Edgerton Ave.
  • Manitowoc, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., 619 Reed Ave.
  • Marshfield, 10:00 a.m. – 5:15 a.m., 508 N. Central, Suite 101
  • Racine, 9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., 1120 S. Sunnyslope Drive
  • Waukesha, 6:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., 2111 Springdale Road
  • West Bend, 7 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., 130 Valley Ave.

“We salute our everyday blood donor heroes for saving lives – and we salute our military veterans for their service and sacrifices made. Donating blood is a small gesture to honor those to whom we owe so much,” said Fay Spano, director of public relations, Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin.

Versiti salutes its many Wisconsin veterans for their commitment to saving lives through blood donation, including two Milwaukee area residents: Vietnam veteran Richard (Dick) Radomski, a blood donor since 1958, and 20-year air force veteran Joe Puca, who has donated since 1996. They will be sharing their stories and donating at the Milwaukee donor center (638 N. 18th Street) at 11:45 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

“I could really see the need for blood while I was serving, and I still see a need for it today,” says Puca. “This is a gratifying way I can give back to the world around me. I just try to give back in any way I can.”

To schedule an appointment, call 1-877-BE-A-HERO (1-877-232-4376) or visit versiti.org/Wisconsin.

Anyone 17 or older who is in good health and meets eligibility requirements is encouraged to donate blood. Appointments are preferred, but walk-in donors are also welcome. Parental consent is required for 16-year-olds to donate. The entire process takes about an hour. Donors should bring a photo ID that includes birth date.

About Versiti

Versiti, a national leader in blood health innovation, was formed with the mission to improve the health of patients and enable the success of our healthcare partners nationally. We provide innovative, value added solutions in the fields of transfusion medicine, transplantation, and blood-related diseases to meet the needs of each of our customers. The collective efforts across Versiti result in improved patient outcomes, expanded access to care, and cost efficiencies for healthcare systems nationwide. For more information, visit versiti.org.

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