As one of 30 finalists for the Freedom Award, Sanford Health has been awarded for its support of military and veterans.

The Pro Patria Award is presented to employers in each state. Those recipients have supported military employees through their leadership and practices, including policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and reserve.

"As we've been developing this, working with the VA, and also then unique benefits that really are in our benefit to do," said Kelby Krabbenhoft, Sanford Health CEO. "Differential pay, scholarships, and so on a so forth, we've found that the appreciation that comes from that whole sector has been overwhelming and today's honor is nothing short of humbling."

Sanford Health was also recently named one of 30 finalists for the Freedom Award. It is the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense to employers for their support of National Guard and reserve members.