Imagine serving your country in the US military for 10 years. Now you are ready to retire from active duty and become a vet. You worked as a truck driver overseas in some of the most dangerous combat zones. While you don’t have truck driving experience here in the US, you have more than proven your ability to be professional, hard working and dedicated to your trucking job.
So you go to a trucking company in your area and put in your application. “Sorry, but you lack experience,” is the phrase you hear over and over again. After all, most trucking companies require you to prove you have six, 12 or even 18 months of OTR truck driving experience before they will even consider you. Talk about a slap in the face. Thankfully there are some trucking companies in the US who understand the predicament of hiring military vets. Check out what Averitt Express is doing in regards to helping veterans get truck driving jobs.
Hiring Vets by the Thousands
Averitt Express is a top rated trucking company, #23 according to the CCJ list of the Top 250 trucking companies in the US. In continuing with the company’s good reputation, Averitt is using its position to improve working conditions for military vets. Averitt will hire 1,200 military vets by 2020, which will add to thousands of vets already working for the company.
Thanks to this move of goodwill Averitt Express was named a “Patriotic Employer” by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a division of the Department of Defense. This honor showcases the spirit of patriotism by this good paying trucking company. Why did Averitt make this move?
According to recruiting manager Ken Chrisman of Averitt Express,
“Hiring military veterans makes perfect sense for several reasons. First, they know what it means to work together and value others. They’re also dedicated to the work they do and they are committed to outstanding service, which makes them a great fit for our unique culture.”
Where can you find trucking jobs as a veteran? Averitt has trucking job openings in Alabama in the following cities:
Trucking benefits for working at Averitt Express include:
- Healthcare coverage including dental and vision insurance, as well as flexible spending accounts
- Retirement options including 401k plans
- Paid holidays of 8 days off after 90 days of employment
- Paid vacation, which is not noted online
- Wellness programs for truck drivers
Drivers for Averitt earn an average salary of $62,750 a year. You will earn 43 cents per mile if you have one year of experience. For veterans this is noted in reference to your truck driving work for the military. Top pay is 46 cents a mile, and you can earn a quarter-cent per mile for fuel bonuses. You will also be able to increase trucker pay by doing the following:
- Tarping your loads
- Stop-off hauls
- Pay for breakdowns
- Pay for layovers
- Load securement
Ask your recruiter about the specific bonuses associated with these trucking jobs. The trucking jobs at Averitt are regional flatbed trucking jobs located in 15 states along the Eastern seaboard. Note that Averitt does not handle New York trucking jobs. This ensures you have ample home time. You’ll be hauling lumber, steel and various other building materials. As a military veteran you can get your in-country truck driving career kickstarted by choosing Averitt Express as your trucking employer.