Have A Bag Left Knee, Looking For An Automatic!

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USMC AAV's Comment
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I was in the Marine Corps for fourteen years... Had a real bad leg injury after an IED blew some shrapnel into my leg. I got over it, can walk just fine, drive ok also but shifting is a problem. So I am looking for an automatic tranny. Anyone know any companies that offer an auto. I used to drive for Miller/Coors Carolina statewide delivery so driving isnt a problem ( I can easily pass physical. Ive been looking at trucking companies and some of the info I have been running into is a little dated, so can anyone help a vet out and possibly fill in some good leads?? I dont care if it is flatbed or van, OTR , regional , etc


Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.


Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

MRC's Comment
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US Express is one. There's more but I went brain dead. Thank you for your service and welcome to the site, there are plenty of people here that will help and welcome you. My father was/is a Marine. SEMPRE FI!!thank-you.gif

MRC's Comment
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Check out fed ex and Maverick also.

mountain girl's Comment
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Semper Fi. Con-way Freight has plenty of manuals that they're phasing out because they are buying new automatics rapidly and are not buying anymore manuals from now on. As they do this, the automatics are going to the most senior drivers first and trickling down to everyone else, but after a few years, they will no longer have any manuals left. I wonder if they'd make exceptions to veterans with a disabilities and allow you to drive them. Also check out Con-way Truckload as well. Good luck. I'm sure there's a solution for you out there.

-mountain girl

mountain girl's Comment
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By make "exceptions," I mean allow you to drive the automatics early, as a newbie rather than wait till you're senior enough to get a new one ... Surely, these big companies have to make accommodations for disabled (or partially disabled) veterans.

-mountain girl

ButtonUp's Comment
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I know RedGator said she drove an automatic for WEL, and I've seen a couple automatics at Werner, and heard Carter Express has them as well.

DC V.'s Comment
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Usxpress has thousands of autos and moving that direction fleet wide. You sound like a great driver prospect, and while they still force many of us to train in an auto and roadtest in a 10 speed, I would bet that a call to usxpress safety department might get you some advocacy. 800-251-6291 ext 257587?

Maybe a recruiter would work for you, I dont know. But again, in a company that seeems to take all comers somedays, you look like a great prospect


Ken P.'s Comment
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I have a friend I deployed with who works for NTS out of North Dakota. He says their solid and veteran friendly

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