Military deployment no longer means cut in pay

Sanford Health to protect employees and families from drop in income while serving country

Military deployment no longer means cut in pay

Differential pay during military deployment is part of Sanford Health’s effort to become the employer of choice for veterans and military personnel.

By offering differential pay, Sanford Health will replace the income difference that employees may experience during a deployment. Essentially, the employee receives the difference in pay between what they receive from the government and what they would have earned during their civilian work. The program covers qualified deployments up to one year.

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“We firmly believe our employees who also serve our country should not have to navigate a disruption in their income during a deployment,” said Paul Weckman, head of diversity, inclusion, and military and veterans affairs for Sanford Health. “It’s our way of saying thank you. And we believe it’s an effective tool to retain and attract veterans who bring an attractive skill set and perspective to our organization.”

Sanford Health participates in the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, or ESGR, program, a formal pledge to support the military service of employees. The organization has twice received the Pro Patria Award from the Employer Support of Guard and Reserve. It was a semifinalist for the Secretary of Defense’s Employer Support Freedom Award. Both awards recognize employers who demonstrate support for veterans and military personnel and develop policies that encourage military participation.

Recognition for employees’ military service includes the option to display veteran status on employee badges. Sanford Health has also established Veterans’ Clubs at its medical centers in Sioux Falls and Fargo.

To contact Sanford Health Veterans and Military Services, call (800) 949-1848.

For information about how military experience matches with open positions at Sanford Health, visit

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