The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes — in a joint campaign with FastPort — said it will donate a fully loaded T680 truck to a veteran driver or a member of the national guard or reserve, who wins a nationwide competition.
The announcement was made at last weekend’s Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, the largest annual heavy-duty trucking event in the world.
“During their service, veterans hone their ability to work hard as a part of a team to get the job done,” said Eric Eversole, vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and president of Hiring Our Heroes. “That makes them an asset to any team, and many veterans find success in the trucking industry as a result. Hiring Our Heroes is proud to join FastPort in recognizing the hard work and success of a veteran driver with this life-changing award.”
Following an open nomination period, a selection committee consisting of experts from across the military hiring and nonprofit communities, will select the top 10 finalists. From those finalists, the overall winner will be determined through a combination of public voting and a decision from the committee. The winner will be announced in December 2016.
According to Brad Bentley, president of FastPort, the fact that transitioning veterans already work for the largest, most complex supply chain and logistics company — our military — can translate into a successful career in the trucking industry.
“There are proven career paths in trucking, and the best entry-level position to learn the business is as a professional driver,” Bentley said. “This campaign will help inspire veterans as the T680 truck showcases the incredible technology we have in the trucking industry.”
For all information on the competition including the rules and who is eligible to enter, visit HiringOurHeroes.org/TruckingAward.
Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment through more than 980 job fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and on military installations overseas; a suite of free online career-based resources; and the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.
FastPort develops user-friendly technology to improve motor carriers’ selection, qualification and hiring process for commercial drivers, ultimately providing better careers for drivers and growth for motor carriers. FastPort’s core product JobMaps revolutionizes traditional job posting, empowering motor carriers to efficiently find the best-qualified drivers for their unique driving jobs.