Sanford Health receives Department of Defense award

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sanford Health said Monday it's one of 15 recipients of the U.S. Department of Defense's award for supporting employees involved in the military.

There were more than 2,600 organizations nominated for this year's Employer Support Freedom Award. The honor, according to Sanford, is intended to recognize employers who “provide exceptional support” to workers in the National Guard and Reserve.

“Sanford Health is very proud to support the members of our armed services and the military veterans of this great nation,” President and CEO Kelby Krabbenhoft said in a statement. “To be recognized for our efforts by the Department of Defense is a truly humbling honor. It must also be said that Sanford Health supports the military and our veterans because it is the right thing to do, not for the accolades.”

The Sioux Falls-based health care system has a department of veterans and military services dedicated to improving how it handles health care for veterans and how it supports military members.