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Pilot Program to Allow Under-21 Veterans to Drive Trucks in Interstate Commerce

The U.S. DOT plans to launch a pilot program that would allow 18-20 year olds who have the military equivalent of a commercial driver’s license to operate large trucks in interstate commerce. The results could play a vital role in lowering the age of eligibility for some truck drivers.

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Veteran Who Transitioned to Trucking Wins Free Trip To MATS

U.S. Army veteran Larry Berman’s life of service in the military and over the road earned him a trip to the 2018 Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kenworth Donates T680 to Award Honoring Veterans Who Become Truckers

For the third consecutive year, Kenworth has donated a T680 Advantage to the Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence program recognizing top rookie military veteran truck drivers.

SAF-Holland Donates $60K to Wyakin Foundation

SAF-Holland has announced its continued support of the Wyakin Foundation through its Gold Line Quality Parts product line with Vipar Heavy Duty members, donating $60,000 to the charitable group.

Trump Signs Bills to Help Veterans Become Drivers, Curb Human Trafficking

President Donald Trump signed into law two bills that affect the trucking industry – the Jobs for Our Heroes Act, which helps veterans attain commercial drivers licenses, and the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act, which bans drivers who are involved in human trafficking from driving professionally for life.

Video: How the Wyakin Foundation Helps Veterans Find Work

In this On the Spot video, Brent Taylor of the Wyakin Foundation explains how the organization helps veterans find employment in sectors like the trucking industry. Senior Editor Tom Berg spoke with him at the East Manufacturing booth at this year's Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

Expanding the Driver Pool

In the face of a shrinking, aging driver population with high levels of driver turnover the trucking industry and individual carriers are looking for ways to expand the driver pool. Part 3 in HDT's Driver Dilemma series on the driver shortage.

Video: Driver Shows Off Patriotic Volvo Truck

In the latest installment of the Volvo Trucks web series Welcome to My Cab, Tim Baumgartner, owner of Crockett's Interstate Towing, shows off his patriotic Volvo VNL called "The Freedom Flyer." Emblazoned with the American Flag, bald eagles and soldiers, the Vietnam veteran's truck has won several awards and participates in many parades.

2013 Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America, along with nearly 30,000 volunteers, placed remembrance wreaths on the headstones of more than 143,000 veterans at Arlington National Cemetery on Dec. 14. This is the organization’s 22nd year laying wreaths at our Nation’s cemetery and marks the largest number ever delivered. Across the country, 540,000 remembrance wreaths were placed in honor of veterans at 908 locations (including Arlington).

Hiring Veterans

“Veterans make excellent employees,” says Boyd Stephenson, who heads the American Trucking Associations’ driver licensing efforts. “They’re conscientious, they’re focused, they’re responsible; they’re everything you could want in an employee.”