Saturday, April 2, 2016

Trucking Transition to give Kenworth T680 to veteran

One lucky military veteran will receive a new Kenworth T680 in December, Hiring Our Heroes President Eric Eversole announced Friday during the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky.

In conjunction with FASTPORT, the Trucking Transition program is starting a contest for young truck drivers who are U.S. veterans.

"We're going to really set that young driver off on their own entrepreneurial journey," Eversole said. "It's really a golden ticket for that young veteran.

"There are no strings attached."

Nominations are now being accepted.

Criteria for the contest includes that a driver must have served active duty or be a present or past member of the National Guard or Reserve, be a graduate of a certified training school and have a valid CDL, be employed by a trucking company who has made a pledge to hire veterans, and started as a professional driver between Jan. 1, 2015 and June 29, 2016.

The truck will be on display in June at Shell Super Rigs in Joplin, Mo., and in August at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas. The contest's finalists will also be announced at GATS.

The winner will be announced Dec. 16 at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Eversole said more information on the contest will soon be available at transitiontrucking.org.