Kenworth, FASTPORT and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes initiative are joining together for the fifth consecutive year to discover America’s top rookie military veteran driver, who has made the transition from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces to driving for a commercial fleet.
Under the “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” recognition program, Kenworth will again provide the top award – a Kenworth T680 equipped with a 76-in. sleeper and the Paccar Powertrain featuring the Paccar MX-13 engine, Paccar 12-speed automated transmission, and Paccar 40K tandem rear axles.
“Kenworth recognizes the importance of supporting our veterans, and the donation of our on-highway flagship Kenworth T680 is one way to express our appreciation. We urge fleets in America to nominate their best rookie military veteran drivers now serving the country in today’s challenging times,” says Laura Bloch, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing.
“FASTPORT’s mission is to educate and inform veterans about career opportunities in the nation’s trucking industry. An estimated 200,000 veterans make the transition from the military into the private sector each year,” adds Brad Bentley, FASTPORT president. “The Kenworth T680 will serve as a worthy award for a well-deserving veteran in the “Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence” program this year.”
“The Transition Trucking award campaign offers a valuable platform to highlight veterans’ positive impact on the transportation industry, and to introduce veterans to the excellent economic opportunities offered by a career in trucking. Hiring Our Heroes has helped more than 150,000 transitioning service members and veterans connect with career opportunities in industries nationwide, including trucking, and we hope that veterans will take this opportunity to shape their futures in this high-demand industry,” says Eric Eversole, vice president at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and president of Hiring Our Heroes.
The top driver will be determined by an expert panel of judges with the nomination deadline being July 31, 2020.