By Jena Williams

Veterans have given so much to our country. Many, upon returning home, enter the transportation industry. (Notice how they continue to serve.)

We are facing a driver shortage, where once there were 100 applicants for each position, now it takes creativity to capture the attention of just a few.

Returning soldiers are perfect candidates for the industry. Many have already been trained to drive big trucks or are heavy-duty mechanics. They are disciplined, hard workers.

This is why new programs are being developed to recruit veterans.

The Department of Transportation and the Department of Veteran Affairs have teamed up to develop the Veterans Transportation Career Center. Large truck or bus training in the military may even substitute for traditional CDL training. Link: http://www.dot.gov/careers/veterans/commericial-motor-vehicle-driver

At KeepTruckingSafe.org, we appreciate our veterans and our drivers. You have all made sacrifices to make our country great. Happy Veteran’s Day!

US DOT Veterans Transportation Career Center: http://www.dot.gov/veteranstransportationcareers

US DOT blog article: http://fastlane.dot.gov/2012/11/on-veterans-day-and-every-day-dot-honors-americas-heroes.html

Journal of Commerce blog article on driver shortage: http://blog.pe.com/economy/2012/11/07/logistics-truck-driver-shortage-could-get-much-worse/

Driver shortage: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/31/truck-drivers-wanted-jobs_n_2048995.html

Veteran’s Job Fairs: https://events.recruitmilitary.com/exhibitor-schedule