Memorial day is more than friends and family gathering together to barbecue in their backyard. It’s a time to remember and honor those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. For most people, Memorial Day is the start of summer. Many Americans get to enjoy the extra day off, but that’s not necessarily the case for truck drivers.
According to the census bureau, there are approximately 18.2 million military veterans in the United States. Roughly 11 percent of veterans are working in the trucking industry. With so many veterans in the industry, it’s not surprising that Memorial Day is such a big holiday.
Many veterans find their experience in the military is a perfect match for jobs in the trucking industry. Their self discipline, work ethic and motivation make them excellent candidates for a professional truck driving career. Many veterans have reported that transitioning back to civilian life after serving in the military can be difficult. It can also be challenging to find a new career path. The trucking industry has created several programs to help veterans get trained and transition to becoming a truck driver.
The trucking world is very thankful to have veterans working in their industry. If you see a truck driver on this Memorial Day, give them a wave. There is a good chance they have served in the United States military.
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