RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- To show its appreciation of the many military veterans who continue to serve their country in the trucking industry, Getloaded, an industry-leading load board, has partnered with Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit organization providing emergency financial and other assistance to military families and wounded warriors.
Starting in November, Getloaded will publish profiles of truck drivers, dispatchers, load brokers, and transportation managers who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. For each veteran profiled, Getloaded will donate $250 in that person's name to Operation Homefront.
Of the 2.08 million veterans in the workforce who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces since September 2001, about 137,000 work in transportation and "material moving occupations," according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That number increases to more than one million when veterans from all service periods are included.
"There is a long history of veterans in trucking, and they're needed now more than ever," said Butch Sarma, Getloaded product manager and Army veteran. "Military skills transfer well, particularly the importance of taking care of the essential equipment whether it's a rifle or a truck. Whether you're supplying an army during a time of war or a civilian population that depends on transportation for its food, medicine, and housing, logistics matter."
About Operation Homefront
Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 2,500 volunteers across a network of field offices, and has met more than 750,000 needs since 2002. Ninety-three percent of all donations to Operation Homefront goes to its programs. For more information about Operation Homefront, please visit www.operationhomefront.net.
Based in Richmond, Va., Getloaded was founded in 1999 with one simple mission: Keep trucks loaded by providing truckers and brokers with an affordable, easy-to-use load board. With a focus on small trucking companies, Getloaded is also the leading marketplace for flatbed trucks.
Getloaded is a part of Roper Industries, a publicly-traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (ROP), which includes a portfolio of industry-leading transportation solutions. For more information about Getloaded, please visit www.getloaded.com.