Purple Heart recipient finds reward in blood donation
OKLAHOMA — After nearly giving his life for his country, Staff Sergeant Chas Schroeder, 33, says donating blood with Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) is something else he just has to do.
The Fort Sill Staff Sergeant suffered shrapnel wounds to his groin and a traumatic brain injury in Afghanistan in 2011.
Schroeder and his battalion were attacked by enemy fighters and took hits to their ammunition bunker from rockets. His injuries occurred as he saved the lives of fellow soldiers.
For his bravery, SSG Schroeder received the Purple Heart Medal, Bronze Star and the National Defense Service Medal.
Even after saving lives in battle, Schroeder still finds it rewarding to donate blood for those in need locally.
“When it came to saving the lives of the soldiers around me, I didn’t think,” he said. “I did what I was trained to do. At the end of the day, knowing that my battle buddies and I saved a few lives is pretty awesome. Certainly, blood donation is much easier than being in battle.”
Saving lives like Schroeder has is something that most people think is out of reach. But each blood donation has the potential to save as many as three lives.
Oklahoma Blood Center donor centers are located in Ada, Ardmore, Edmond, Enid, Lawton, Central Oklahoma City, Norman, Northwest Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Convenient blood drives in the area can also be found via the website or by calling 877-340-8777.