Editor’s note: We’re looking “in our rearview” to bring you some of our favorite stories, columns and items from Land Line’s 40-year-history. This week, in honor of both Veterans Day and the OOIDA Truckers for Troops telethon, we bring you a collection of stories and photos from staff and contributors about their time in the U.S. Military. Come for the awesome throwback pictures; stay for the moving stories.
You would be hard pressed to find a group any more loyal to the military or more respectful to veterans than truckers. And it’s real respect. It’s not buttons or T-shirts with placating statements – it’s genuine, sincere and deep.
The pride and earnest admiration for those who have served in the military is awe-inspiring – so much so it’s hard to describe or even comprehend at times.
It shouldn’t come as any surprise, however, that truckers and veterans are so connected. Estimates vary, but some reports anywhere between 30 to 40 percent of active truckers are veterans of the U.S. armed forces.