Company meets goal four months early
July 19, 2019 (Cookeville, Tenn.) – Averitt Express recently celebrated a major achievement in its ongoing efforts to support military veterans transitioning to civilian careers. After making the pledge in 2016 to hire an additional 1,200 veterans by 2020, the company officially completed its 1,200th veteran hire on July 9, accomplishing its intended goal with over five months to spare.
This adds to the hundreds of veterans that were already employed at the company – including members of the executive leadership team – and all branches of the military are currently represented: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard.
"We're proud of our team's strong track record of working with military veterans and for being a prime choice for these heroes as they transition to civilian life," said Gary Sasser, Averitt's Chairman and CEO, who himself served in the United States Marine Corps reserves. "The level of leadership, pride and professional experience veterans bring to the table is a perfect fit with our own culture. That's why we'll continue bringing on more even after achieving our 1,200 by 2020 goal."
Averitt Express is known in the industry for providing fulfilling truck driving careers and on-the-job training for veterans and their families. In addition to weekly driver pay and tuition/transition bonus earnings, service members who are eligible for GI Bill benefits can earn up to $1,140/month tax free as part of Averitt’s GI Bill Driver Training Program.
Regional and dedicated driving associates in the GI Bill program receive six weeks of paid behind-the-wheel training before working with an Averitt mentor for 12 months. To qualify, drivers must be at least 21 years old, have a Class A CDL and Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits available, and meet all requirements outlined in Averitt’s driving application.
CDL-A opportunities at Averitt range from local and regional routes to shuttle, dedicated, and flatbed freight.