ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, on this Veterans Day, American Trucking Associations leaders paused to thank the millions of men and women who have served our nation in the armed forces, and urged those returning to civilian life to consider joining thousands of other veterans in the trucking industry.
"Our troops have done tremendous things for our country and we cannot thank them enough for their service," said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear.
Spear added that because of recent regulatory changes, changes championed by ATA, it is becoming easier for veterans to transition to jobs in the trucking industry.
"In our armed forces, our service men and women routinely display character, commitment and other qualities our members tell us they look for when they are hiring drivers, technicians and other staff," Spear said. "And now, new rules are in place that allow veterans with driving experience in the service to waive the licensing skills test to obtain a civilian commercial driver's license and to take CDL tests where they're stationed, rather than in their home state, all making the process of becoming a driver far simpler."
"Our industry is continually facing a shortage of qualified drivers and technicians," said ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express, Dayton, Ohio, "and many trucking companies have found that by recruiting and reaching out to our veterans, through programs like Hiring Our Heroes, they can not only hire well-qualified, dedicated employees, but help these incredible men and women transition back to civilian life."
American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or on Facebook. Trucking Moves America Forward
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