Veterans training at U.S. Xpress can use GI Bill for added income

A Tennessee trucking company has been approved for a Veterans Administration program that makes it easier for the company to hire military veterans.

U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Inc., which is based in Chattanooga, recently announced the Veterans Administration accredited the company as part of the Post 9/11 GI Bill Apprenticeship Program. With the accreditation eligible veterans may receive their tax-free educational benefits directly from the VA while training as a driver or diesel technician for U.S. Xpress.

Veterans who enter the program can apply to receive up to $25,700 depending on their years of service as an income supplement on top of their U.S. Xpress salary. According to the company, a veteran entering the truck driver program can expect to earn between $50,000 and $70,000 based upon which driving opportunity they qualify for. A veteran entering the program as a diesel technician can expect to earn between $35,000 and $50,000 depending upon experience and performance, according to the company.

“At U.S. Xpress, we value the strong work ethic and leadership experience veterans can bring to our company,”said Eric Fuller, president and chief operating officer of U.S. Xpress. “Beyond that, veterans have a sense of productivity, accountability and a ‘can-do’ attitude that will serve them well in the trucking industry, which is why we actively look to hire veterans in every aspect of our company.” 

U.S. Xpress originally launched its Military Recruitment Initiative in July 2016 as part of its commitment to providing veterans with an opportunity to start a new career in trucking.