By Jena Williams

Perfect timing! As we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, I’d like to thank all the veterans, soldiers and sailors out there that protect us and guarantee our freedom. Almost 240 years ago, patriots took the first steps, risking and giving their lives for freedom, while today’s servicemen and women fight to protect and keep us free.

Do you have career plans when you return to civilian life? Consider becoming a truck driver! You’ve already got the skill set, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made it possible for you to jump past some of the red tape.

On July 3, 2013, almost $1 million in grant money was awarded to truck driving schools to retrain veterans and military families to become truck drivers, AND one of the recipient colleges is located in Aberdeen, Washington.

Your country still needs you. Consider a career as a professional truck driver!

For more information on the grants: http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/federal-motor-carrier-safety-administration-announces-almost-1-million-train-veterans

More information on Grays Harbor College CDL program: http://www.ghc.edu/voc/cdl.pdf