Sanford Health Creates Veterans’ Department To Streamline, Bolster Services

Sanford Health’s new department of veterans and military services will streamline and add resources for veterans, military personnel and their families across the health system’s region.

Paul Weckman, a veteran who held several leadership positions during his more than 26 years of distinguished active duty service in the U.S. Navy, leads the department. A retired captain, Weckman was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2011.

“Sanford’s dedication to raise the bar and to innovate without hesitation reflects courage and a commitment to service,” said Weckman. “The support for this program has been outstanding. Sanford is devoted to providing the best possible experience for our veterans, military members and their families.”

The Sanford Health Department of Veterans and Military Services will help veterans and military personnel obtain health care services, navigate care and insurance coverage, identify wellness services and search for employment opportunities. It also will offer family support services and veteran community outreach.

“Sanford has long understood the value in employing veterans and military personnel,” said Craig Lambrecht, M.D., a retired colonel in the North Dakota Army National Guard who is executive vice president of Sanford Bismarck and co-chair of the veterans and military services committee at Sanford Health. “Formalizing this department signifies our commitment to honoring those who have served and saluting their sacrifices by providing outstanding care.”

Sanford Health also is participating in the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, or ESGR, program. Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sanford Health president and CEO, signed a system-wide statement earlier this summer, pledging to support the military services of employees and advocate for employee participation in the military.

Veterans and military personnel interested in learning more about the services of this department can call the veterans information line at 1-800-949-1848 or visit Sanford Health has also set up an online portal for veterans and military personnel seeking jobs at

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