Mid-South News
4:17 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Trucking Companies Recruit Veterans To Fill Driver Shortage

Student David Day (L) pulls onto Interstate 40 under the watchful eye of his Swift Driving Academy instructor Jimmy Seaton (R). Both men are veterans.

After Dave Carter retired from the Air Force, he started driving an 18-wheeler. When Carter is on the road (which is most of the time now) he sleeps behind the steering on a twin bed in the small cab of the truck, and it reminds him of his time in the military, “A lot of veterans are attracted to this line of work, because the living conditions, sometimes are austere, Spartan in some degree, and for vets, it’s like being deployed,” Carter said.

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