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Honoring vets year-round

April 24, 2018

Ever since Sanford Health announced plans to open Veterans Clubs in its facilities, donors have eagerly stepped forward to support the effort.

“Not surprisingly, there is strong interest in giving back to honor the sacrifices of our veterans and military personnel,” said Julia Beaton, lead major gift officer for the Sanford Health Foundation in Fargo. “Through Sanford’s Veterans Clubs, donors can make a direct and meaningful impact in the lives of our local heroes.”

The first Veterans Clubs opened in early April at Sanford medical centers in Fargo and Sioux Falls. Clubs in other regions will follow. In addition to providing a space to relax or talk with fellow veterans between appointments, the private areas offer coffee and water, guest computer access and a lounge with a game table and TV.

In Fargo, donors have pledged more than $324,000 in funds that will provide long-term support for the clubs’ services.

“Every month, more than 4,000 service members visit Sanford Health,” said Beaton. “Thanks to our donors, they’ll be assured comfort and camaraderie as a gesture of our deep respect and gratitude.”

The clubs are part of Sanford Health’s efforts to streamline and add resources for veterans, military personnel and their families. In 2017, the health system created the Sanford Department of Veterans and Military Services to help veterans and military personnel obtain health care services, navigate care and insurance coverage, identify wellness services and search for employment opportunities.

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.

Consider a gift that will honor veterans all year long. Contact your local Foundation office to discuss giving opportunities.