Hiring Our Heroes Welcomes Troops Into Transportation to Veteran Employment Advisory Council

October 14, 2016

The U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes announced this month that Troops Into Transportation has joined the organization’s Veteran Employment Advisory Council at a service member transition summit at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. Troops Into Transportation works to help service members obtain their commercial trucking driving licenses and places service members into trucking jobs as they exit the military.

“Since 2012, we have placed over 1,500 service members in the transportation industry with our partner carriers; demand and opportunities have only increased since that time. The industry is changing quickly and new drivers can choose what kind of routes to drive, with positions earning up to $60,000 annually,” said Al Hanley, III, president and chief executive officer of Troops Into Transportation. “We are very pleased to join the Hiring Our Heroes coalition to place even more veterans and military spouses into meaningful jobs.” 

More than 1,600 service members attended the three-day summit, where they were able to interact with Troops Into Transportation hiring managers and recruiters to discuss opportunities in the trucking industry.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Troops Into Transportation to our team,” said Eric Eversole, vice president, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and president, Hiring Our Heroes. “The trucking industry has long been a community that has welcomed military veterans, and we are proud to bring this great organization into the Hiring Our Heroes family.”

Troops Into Transportation (T2T) is the leading national CDL employment and credentialing program. T2T's mission is to be the primary conduit for service members, veterans, and spouses seeking meaningful employment in the industry. T2T strives to be the primary source for the transportation industry to find meaningful numbers of qualified employees, and has partnered with 11 of the Top 30 largest U.S. transportation companies to achieve this goal. Since the program's inception, T2T has successfully placed over 1,500 veterans into the national ground transportation industry with a proven process – a streamlined, fast-track program that leads to meaningful employment within 30 days. As a US Army-approved Career Skills Program, T2T operates on three U.S. Army Garrisons: Fort Benning, GA; Fort Hood, TX; and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.

Launched in 2011, Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment through more than 950 job fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and on military installations overseas; a suite of free online career-based resources; and the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.

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