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Scott L.'s Comment
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Since many of us VETS are either working on entering the Trucking Industry and are already using VA (or other veteran's) benefits, or are trying to figure out how to use one's benefits, this Thread will be to help find the answers we are looking for.

Scott L.'s Comment
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Great Answer!

Oh man, that's a bummer that these programs are run through the individual states instead of the Feds. Sure would be a whole lot easier to gather and organize information from one source instead of each of the 48 Continental States.

Yea it would, but some states offer better programs than the Federal Government. Here is a good link from Military.com to help out:

http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-state-benefits/state-veterans-benefits-directory.html

Also: Trucking Companies, GI Bill, And Military Veterans

Brett Aquila's Comment
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If we can gather enough resources for military personnel I can add a section to the website for it.

Scott L.'s Comment
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If we can gather enough resources for military personnel I can add a section to the website for it.

Awesome! I work from Home so I'll get all the info together I can and put on this thread. For example, I called Knight yesterday. Talked to recruiter my friend used and Knight is working on getting approved for the OJT/Apprenticeship program.

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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I have been working on a list of VA approved companies for the OJT/Apprentice program and this is what I have so far:

Con Way

May

TMC Flatbed

Trans Am

Covenant

Roehl

Schneider

Pam

Stevens

Werner

Maverick

Melton

Star Trans

I also spoke with a VA rep on the phone and he was telling me that the VA will cover the cost of trucking school AND provide all or most of your housing while at school. It is always best to confirm your benefits with a VA rep since GI Bill benefits can vary from person to person.

But this thread sounds like a GREAT idea for VETS thinking of going this way with their career.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Yeah, I know there are several options available to Vets for funding but I don't know the specifics of what it takes to qualify and what's available and all that.

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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Yeah, I know there are several options available to Vets for funding but I don't know the specifics of what it takes to qualify and what's available and all that.

Brett, this is still a good start. Just to let VETS know that there are possibilities lets them check for the particulars. Ultimately, we would all have to go through the VA to get things going anyway. But the benefits would vary for instance on how much a VET contributed to the program, how long they were in the service, which program they chose, and things like that. Naturally, only VETS who were honorably discharged would be eligible. A service member/former service member can always check their eligibility at the VA. The GI Bill is only good for a certain amount of time and recipients must always verify that their benefits are still available. I am glad that obtaining a CDL is on the list of approved career fields/schooling for benefits!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Scott L.'s Comment
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Additional VA approved companies for the OJT/Apprentice program:

Anderson Gordon Crete

Soon: Knight (per recruiter)

PJ's Comment
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Great job Scott. yeah I'm one of those vets that fell between the cracks. GI bill was suspended when I went in. given the age range of lots of folks talking here, that may be their case as well but never hurts to check into it. For those that do have the benefits this will be a great resource. Thank you sir.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Scott L.'s Comment
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Thank you sir.

Agghhh! You said "sir", I worked when I was active duty (aka enlisted).

There are several programs to help VETS such as you that "fell thru the cracks" especially if you have any service connected disability. Many states have vet programs for retraining too.

ALCON - If your state has a VET program let us know.

Steven N. (aka Wilson)'s Comment
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Thank you sir.

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Agghhh! You said "sir", I worked when I was active duty (aka enlisted).

There are several programs to help VETS such as you that "fell thru the cracks" especially if you have any service connected disability. Many states have vet programs for retraining too.

ALCON - If your state has a VET program let us know.

Back when I was a resident of Illinois, they had a VET program that had no expiration. Now I have been out of that state for quite awhile, but I would bet they still have the program. When I get back to the States this spring, I'll let you know if the state I take up residency has a program or not. Of course by then, you may already have a concise list.

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