As the nation honors all who have answered the nation’s call to military service on this Veterans Day, Navistar International Corp. says it is helping bring together two groups of America’s heroes – professional truck drivers and veterans.
In late August, Navistar showcased the documentary film “Drive and Deliver” at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, providing an inside look at the pride and hard work of the truck-driving professional. The film, now available on DVD for sale at Flying J Travel Plazas across North America well as at www.InternationalTrucks.com/shop, takes viewers into the cab, onto the open road and into the lives of three truck drivers as they drive across the country moving the products that move America.
Proceeds from “Drive and Deliver” DVD sales will benefit a driver recruitment campaign, www.GetTrucking.com, created by the American Trucking Associations to help place veterans of the armed services into much-needed truck-driving positions.
“Drive and Deliver” features the new International LoneStar, a semi-truck launched earlier this year designed with a bold style and aerodynamic features. The film’s website, www.InternationalTrucks.com/film, includes the movie trailer, behind-the-scenes photos, background on the cast and more information on LoneStar.
“One of the goals of the film is to showcase truck drivers as a vital and proud breed of the American work force,” says Al Saltiel, vice president of truck marketing at Warrenville, Ill.-based Navistar. “Now, in partnering with the ATA, we have the opportunity to celebrate the service of our military personnel and help them transition to truck-driving jobs when they return home.”
Working together, the trucking industry and the U.S. Armed Forces are making it possible for active-duty soldiers transitioning out of the military to find a lucrative and rewarding career.
“The men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces have all the motivation and tools necessary to move successfully from the military into our industry,” says Bill Graves, ATA president and chief executive officer. “They are ideal candidates to become professional truck drivers.”