Comments By Steve S. C.

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Posted:  8 years, 8 months ago

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Possible Background Hiccup...

I don't understand why you would need to be a trucker. Go sue the crap out of them for putting you in jail that long and violating your rights. 17 months in jail just based on her word? Guilty until proven innocent? Lawyers would be allover this.

Posted:  8 years, 8 months ago

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Is Illinois a cursed state to be a new driver in?

Sorry, I forgot to check that map. Decatur is a little far from Midlothian, IL. There are a bunch of companies ot there that still run schools though, and on top of that they sometimes will even pay you while being trained. Here is a list here, but remember to check with the company before you commit and see if they cover hotel expenses. https://www.truckingtruth.com/paid-cdl-training/

Posted:  8 years, 8 months ago

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Is Illinois a cursed state to be a new driver in?

Check with a local college to see if they have a CDL class as they will be able to help you with a student loan. Is this place near you? There is also state funding options too. http://www.richland.edu/cpe/cdl

Posted:  8 years, 8 months ago

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Getting a Job in Trucking with Alcoholism in Medical Record

Thanks for the information Lawdog. It has given me more hope. I contacted the FMCSA Medical Program and they gave me more information on medical cert in relation to my records. I just hope the company I want to work for doesn't refuse to hire me over my past.

Posted:  8 years, 8 months ago

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Getting a Job in Trucking with Alcoholism in Medical Record

Hello all, I am getting out of the military soon and want to go into trucking. I had a run in with mental health for depression and subsequently ended up going through substance abuse treatment. I have never had issues with alcohol and because of going through the class the military told me I couldn't drink anymore. So, 3 years later still no drinking, still no issues. I went to talk about changing my diagnosis and keep getting the run around that once an alcoholic always an alcoholic. Best they told me I can get is adding in to my record that I am in remission.

Should I even bother trying to become a trucker because of all of this? Seems kind of overkill to ban me for life from the job I had a dream of doing sense I was a kid.

Posted:  8 years, 8 months ago

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What is the weirdest/coolest/interesting Freight you have hauled?

Hey nice to see someone that was a real Torpedoman on here. I am about to get out after about 9 years of being a MMW(Machinist's Mate Weapons). Doesn't make any sense to anyone still so we still get called TM's.

Posted:  8 years, 8 months ago

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Military Veterans & Resources

I am in the process of getting out of the Navy and have found that there is so much information out there on this topic, but no centralized place with all the information. The best advise I can give right now if verify everything with the source of the funding. Make sure you get all the fact before changing from Montgomery G.I. bill to the Post 911 because they both cover different things and as far as I know you can not switch back. Here is the Search engine for the VA for authorized programs. WEAMS and here is the VA web site for training benefits. OJT VA It looks like testing is also covered.

Good luck everyone

I checked in the testing and CDL isn't covered in IL.

Posted:  8 years, 8 months ago

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Military Veterans & Resources

I am in the process of getting out of the Navy and have found that there is so much information out there on this topic, but no centralized place with all the information. The best advise I can give right now if verify everything with the source of the funding. Make sure you get all the fact before changing from Montgomery G.I. bill to the Post 911 because they both cover different things and as far as I know you can not switch back. Here is the Search engine for the VA for authorized programs. WEAMS and here is the VA web site for training benefits. OJT VA It looks like testing is also covered.

Good luck everyone

Posted:  8 years, 8 months ago

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What is the weirdest/coolest/interesting Freight you have hauled?

A month after Colorado legalized marijuana, I hauled a full load of Frito Lay chips from Casa Grande, AR to Denver. Was told to put two load locks at the end of the load to keep from shifting. When I opened the doors, there was no room for the load locks as the trailer was completely full. Total load weight was less than 8,000 lbs. I also had to sign an agreement to take a low altitude route assigned by Frito Lay to keep the bags from popping.

Another interesting load: Pig Launchers/Retrievers for the gas company. 1424736188.8932.jpg

Hmmm, those look like Torpedo tubes from a submarine.

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