U. S. Xpress Recognized For Service To Veterans
Monday, July 1, 2019
The Chief John Ross Chapter, NSDAR, recognized U. S. Xpress for its commitment to veterans and veterans’ employment during a recent awards luncheon. Regent Jessica M. Dumitru announced the award by reminding members that, “U. S. Xpress has the most recognizable tribute to veterans on our nation’s highways. Their specially-designed tractors are a visible display of love of nation and appreciation of the service of our veterans. For many of our members, U. S. Xpress’s presence on our highways and their employment of veterans is a prompt that corporate America can, when its mission and goals are clearly identified, be a positive influence for all citizens. U. S. Xpress takes that responsibility seriously and actively recruits veterans as employees. We are proud that they are headquartered in Chattanooga and are ‘Hometown Patriots’.”
Wade Lipham, Military Recruitment coordinator, accepted the award and noted that the company is dedicated to the employment of veterans, “not only as truck drivers but in positions all across the company.
We recognize that our veterans understand responsibility and demonstrate a willingness to work as a team to accomplish goals and objectives. They generally begin work on the first day with a sense of leadership and a clear perspective of the steps necessary to succeed on the job.” Mr. Lipham, a veteran himself, not only works to recruit veterans but serves as a classroom instructor for company programs.
As the company detailed in a recent announcement, U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc. the nation’s fifth largest asset-based truckload carrier by revenue, is especially proud of its U.S. Xpress’ Apprenticeship Program.
“As one of only a few trucking companies to have a military apprentice program accredited by the Veterans Administration, U.S. Xpress highly values the experience, commitment and work ethic of veterans from all branches of service,” commented Eric Fuller, president and CEO of U.S. Xpress. “We are currently honored to have nearly nine percent of our workforce comprised of veterans.”
Participants in U.S. Xpress’ Apprenticeship Program are eligible to receive up to 24 months of compensation from the VA while also earning on-the-job training as professional truck drivers and driver managers. Similarly, shop technicians who are participants in U.S. Xpress’ Apprenticeship Program are eligible for up to 36 months of compensation.
Complementing U.S. Xpress’ Apprenticeship Program, the Company offers an advanced rate of pay program for veterans with CDL licenses, allowing veterans who qualify to start at the same rate of pay as a driver with two years of experience. U.S. Xpress also has a fleet of military tribute trucks with special graphic designs on the tractor units that represent each branch of the military. "Named a Military Friendly employer by Viqtory for three consecutive years, U.S. Xpress’ numerous military initiatives are moving the Company forward to better benefit employees, customers and shareholders," officials said.
“The Chief John Ross Chapter members applaud U S Xpress and its contributions to our community,” said Regent-elect Linda Moss Mines. “We look forward to working with Mr. Lipham and the U. S. Xpress leadership in other venues that increase the recognition of our veterans and their contributions to our nation.”