Han alleviated ‘mad cow’ with the donor’s blood, allowing some to be given again

US Army veteran Matt Schermerhorn has been unable to donate blood for years because he was stationed in Europe due to the deadly mad cow disease scare there. He is now proudly in the donor's chair. Schermerhorn, 58, is among thousands of people, including current and former members of the military, who returned to blood donation centers across the country after federal health officials lifted a ban that had stood for more than two decades. "It's a job. It's a civic duty," said Schermerhorn, who was presented to veterans at the event in Davenport, Iowa. "You really don't go too far out of your way to help your man." Schermerhorn, US citizens who lived in Britain, France, Ireland, worked or vacationed in Europe during various periods between 1980 and 2001,…
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