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Military Veteran and Spouse Find Rewarding Civilian Careers at J.B. Hunt

Military Veteran and Spouse Find Rewarding Civilian Careers at J.B. Hunt

May 15 2017

Army Veteran and Intermodal driver Phillip has no regrets about his decision to move into a career in truck driving after 20 years of military service. “I like the fact that I’m my own boss. I make my own rules, no one bugging me all the time. I like the freedom,” he said. “The pay is good. It’s really good, especially when talking to other drivers. I feel bad for them.”

According to Phillip and his wife Tanya, J.B. Hunt made their transition into civilian life “stress free” through the Hunt’s Heroes apprenticeship program. “We’ve seen a million people get out of the military, we got really lucky with J.B. Hunt. There was no lapse in employment,” Tanya said. “Phillip got an email from J.B. Hunt and he called them back. By the time he got off the phone, he had a job… he had the job months before he got out.”

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Having a regional truck driving job lined up allowed Phillip to focus on moving his family to Iowa, obtaining his CDL A, training with an experienced J.B. Hunt driver and becoming a solo company driver. He quickly found out that truck driving suited him and his military skill set well. “As a mechanic in the Army for 20 years, I have a knack for dealing with vehicles,” he said. “I gained a lot of respect for this job the moment I drove the truck on the interstate.”

With an opening for a Marketing Office Specialist, J.B. Hunt was able to help Tanya, who was a stay-at-home mother at the time, transition smoothly from military spouse to civilian. The position involved indexing documents and paperwork and could be performed from home – ideal for a mother of four. “I’m really good at it… I just love working for J.B. Hunt. It’s super cool working from home,” she said. “It’s flexible in the sense that I feel like an at-home parent.”

The couple has found it rewarding to work for the established carrier – in more ways than one. “We are financially stress free by working at J.B. Hunt,” Tanya said. “We are making three times what we were making in the military.” She went on to explain a personal advantage of Phillip transitioning out of the military and into a regional driving job, “I don’t have to worry if he is safe or not when he’s not home.”

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The couple encourages other Veterans and their families to consider the Hunt’s Heroes apprenticeship program, as it helped them successfully enter the civilian work force. “Once I got on board, everything the recruiter said I’d get, I got. What he said about J.B. Hunt is true… The honesty, that’s what I respect about the company so far,” Phillip said.

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J.B. Hunt is proud to offer career opportunities to Veterans, transitioning soldiers and their spouses through our Hunt’s Heroes program. Learn more about joining our ranks by calling 1-800-207-6097 or fill out a short form online.

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Military Veteran Finds Pride in Grocery Delivery

Military Veteran Finds Pride in Grocery Delivery

Apr 26 2017

“I’m still a bit amazed that J.B. Hunt would go out of their way to offer such fabulous opportunities to Veterans,” DCS driver and Army Veteran Kevin said. “I enjoy what I’m doing and I know there are other opportunities in the company. I’m long term.”

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Although Kevin has been transporting dry and frozen groceries for over a year now, it didn’t take long for him to understand the impact his job has on customers. “When I’m at a store and see people taking groceries off the store shelf, that was me. I deliver a much needed product to the store on time. I’m fulfilling that need,” he said. “It’s a sense of pride. You realize what you’re doing makes a difference.”

Driving a truck and delivering goods wasn’t always a part of Kevin’s career plans. After 21 years of serving in the Army and nearly a decade working as a government contractor, he quickly realized that non-government management positions paid lower then what he expected, making it difficult for him to support his family. To his surprise, he came across a mission-oriented occupation that offered a more competitive wage and home time. “I found truck driving. It’s not the most glamorous job, but it pays well,” he said.

Kevin discovered his local truck driving job after responding to an online ad and quickly hearing back from J.B. Hunt’s Veteran hiring team. He was introduced to the Hunt’s Heroes apprenticeship program where Veterans, no matter their driving experience, are offered a fast track to a career in transportation. After learning more about J.B. Hunt, the Hunt’s Heroes apprenticeship program and the job’s responsibilities, Kevin was convinced to take on the opportunity. “I’m a Vet, no truck driving experience and they want me,” he said. “They are willing to trust me. I’ll give them a shot.”

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Kevin’s ambition and strong work ethic as well as his military skills have helped him excel in his position. “My military skills help me every day. I drove two and a half ton trucks with generators when I was 18. These trailers are longer but the concepts were the same… it was easy to transition,” he said. “I also use customer service, discipline, understanding, leadership and respect every day.”

Within two months on the job, Kevin earned the Account Driver of the Month award. “I don’t do it for the accolades, it’s just the right thing to do. It’s proper customer service,” he said. “I would have done it even if I wasn’t the driver of the month.”

This March, Kevin reached his one-year anniversary as a DCS driver and was surprised to hear from the Veteran hiring team again. “When I received a congratulations email on my one-year anniversary, it means that someone cares… that’s why I like this company,” he said. “From a Veteran’s stand point, I think it’s [Hunt’s Heroes] a great program.”

Kevin has no regrets about joining the ranks at J.B. Hunt as a company driver. He’s glad to be a part of the growing Fortune 500 company. “It’s a good job, good benefits, good company… it’s fulfilling to know you’re a part of something,” he said. “I hope to stay with the company until I retire. I have more to add.”

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Interested in more home time with a local truck driving job or contract opportunity? Give us a call at 1-877-791-9458 or fill out a short form online. Are you a military Veteran wanting to learn more about our Hunt’s Heroes program? Call us at 1-800-207-6097.

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Driver and Manager Together for the Long Haul

Driver and Manager Together for the Long Haul

Apr 17 2017

“What I really love about my job is my connection to my drivers,” Account Manager Nicole said. “It’s hard to gain trust with a driver and easy to lose it.”

Nicole’s J.B. Hunt career and exchange with truck drivers began 10 years ago as a college intern. “For the first three weeks, I was clueless… I knew nothing about transportation!” she said. “I was transparent that I would learn from the drivers…I’d listen to them and learn how to avoid issues. I never want to set anyone up for failure.”

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Manager Nicole in her office.

Once Nicole graduated from college, she became a manager in training, then an operations supervisor and now her current position as an account manager. Near the start of her career at J.B. Hunt, she met an owner operator named James who moved freight for her account as needed on a contract basis. Nicole and James recognized each other’s strong work ethic and soon became friends.  “I appreciate James’ willingness to do what he can for J.B. Hunt… and do it safely,” she said.

With only nine drivers on her team – five being one million milers and two being two million milers –she had a rare opening for a company driving position on her team this past year. Nicole knew who would be a great asset to her team –James, who had moved from being an owner operator to a company driver in 2013. Nicole and James came to an agreement that if he could be flexible with freight demands, Nicole would get him home every week. And she’s kept her word.

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J.B. Hunt Manager Nicole and her team of drivers.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with Nicole… we get the mission accomplished safely and on time,” James added. “She has nine older men drivers and we all give her the ultimate respect because she gets the job done. She’s always straight facts.”

James has had only two jobs in his life – a Marine and a truck driver. He joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17, went to boot camp at 18, served in Vietnam at 19, continued to serve in the infantry for 30 years and retired at the age of 47 as a Sergeant Major. When deciding his civilian career path, James knew one thing for sure. “I wanted to do something where I didn’t have to be in charge of anyone but myself,” he said. Truck driving fit his requirement and he’s enjoyed his decision ever since. “I like getting up every day and I’m going somewhere different, like the military. I can’t go to the same job, same place every day. It makes me happy to do what I do,” James said.

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DCS driver James.

Throughout his 18 years working with J.B. Hunt, James says that he’s been given numerous opportunities – leasing trucks and becoming an owner operator three times, receiving the Driver of the Year award and one and two million mile safe driver bonuses as a company driver, training fellow Veterans through the Hunt’s Heroes program, and with the support and nomination from Nicole, participating in Wreaths Across America.

James describes driving for Wreaths Across America and helping deliver wreaths from Maine to the Arlington National Cemetery as a “God blessing”. “I was in turmoil in my political stance this past year,” he said. “When I got back from Wreaths Across America, I knew we [Americans] were not divided. We have opinions, but we aren’t divided. Wreaths Across America allowed me to tell Veterans from Vietnam that we are appreciated.”

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DCS drivers James and Mike participating in Wreaths Across America.

By driving on Nicole’s team this past year, James has developed an appreciation for her leadership skills. “I appreciate Nicole’s equality, compassion, professionalism, dedication and her capability to do her job… She’s able to manage her whole life and her job well. I admire her for that,” he said. “I learned from Nicole that you can work for a person and still feel equal to them. That’s how Nicole makes you feel – you are on equal ground.”

Nicole continues to learn from all the drivers on her team, but James, in particular, manages to keep her in check. “James constantly reminds me what’s important – being kind and generous and your family. He’s my moral compass,” she said. “…and don’t take for granted any moment you have, make every day count.”

This past January, James had planned to finish his career at J.B. Hunt with retirement, but he was persuaded to stay on an extra six months. “I was supposed to retire in January. I gave Nicole my word that I’d stay until June. I’m staying because of her,” he said.

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DCS driver James and Manager Nicole and Operations Manager Peter.

James is looking forward to enjoying more time with his high school sweetheart and wife, Shelia and his three grandchildren, tinkering with his 12 hot rods and sharpening his golfing and bowling skills.

Nicole has a deep gratitude for James’ hard work and dedication to his job and J.B. Hunt. She knows June will be here too soon. “When he does retire, it’ll be a sad day. I’ll lose him as a driver, but I’ll keep him as a friend,” she said.

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Interested in driving with J.B. Hunt? Call 1-877-791-9458 to speak to a placement specialist to discuss regional, truckload and local truck driving jobs or contract opportunities or fill out a short form online.

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We Need Your Vote! Freightliner Photo Face-OFF Contest

We Need Your Vote! Freightliner Photo Face-OFF Contest

Mar 24 2017

We need your vote! J.B. Hunt has entered one of our Freightliner trucks named “Service and Sacrifice” into the head-to-head competition: 2017 Freightliner Photo Face-Off. The truck proudly parades its red, white and blue patriotic colors from the inside out and flies the American flag and another showing all the military branches. See all its glory by viewing the beautiful pictures below .

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Take a moment to visit the 2017 Freightliner Photo Face-Off and vote for J.B. Hunt’s “Service and Sacrifice” Freightliner!

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J.B. Hunt Re-pledges Support to Hire Guard and Reserve Employees

J.B. Hunt Re-pledges Support to Hire Guard and Reserve Employees

Jan 30 2017

This past December, J.B. Hunt’s Chief Operations Officer Craig Harper resigned a statement of support with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in a signing ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

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By resigning the statement of support, J.B. Hunt re-pledges to continue to do the following:

  • Recognize and support our country’s service members and their families.
  • Recognize and honor the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
  • Provide managers with the tools they need to effectively manage employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
  • Appreciate the values, leadership and unique skills service members bring to the workforce and encourage opportunities to hire Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans.

More recently, Regional Operations Manager Trevor and J.B. Hunt were presented the Patriotic Employer Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the National Guard. It gives recognition to employers who contribute to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve force. Trevor was nominated by his Fleet Manager, Luis.

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Through our Hunt’s Heroes military hiring program, we uphold our commitment to the above goals and hiring Veterans for regional and local truck driving jobs. Are you ready to work with a military friendly employer? Learn more about joining our ranks by calling 1-800-207-6097 or prequalify online.

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Veteran Woman Driver Honored to Participate in Wreaths Across America

Veteran Woman Driver Honored to Participate in Wreaths Across America

Jan 25 2017

For military Veteran and Intermodal driver Cheryl, driving a leg of the Wreaths Across America (WAA) route from Maine to Arkansas was a moving experience loaded with mixed emotions.

Cheryl accepted the challenge to drive a trailer of wreaths from Harrington, Maine to Newburgh, New York. “I was excited and petrified,” she said. “But it was extremely rewarding… meeting everyone and the experience, it hit every emotion. I was honored. I can’t put it into words… The comradery, brotherhood, that’s what I experienced.”

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Every year, the Wreaths Across America organization carries out its mission to Remember, Honor and Teach by placing wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers buried in Veteran national cemeteries all over the country. J.B. Hunt was proud to participate in the event for the past three years – adding additional routes each year. This past December, military Veteran drivers transported wreaths from Maine to Fayetteville National Cemetery, Ark., Houston National Cemetery, Texas, Arlington National Cemetery, Va. and many throughout the Midwest.

When Cheryl reached the J.B. Hunt terminal in Newburgh, New York, she was greeted by staff and fellow driver, Thomas, who would drive the second leg of the journey. A key exchange ceremony between the two drivers was held at the terminal. It included a rendition of the National Anthem, a presentation of the flags, recognizing Veterans for their service, a moment of silence for those who had fallen and further explanation of WAA’s mission.

After the ceremony finished and Cheryl’s journey came to an end, she felt a deep appreciation for the Wreaths Across America mission and her important role in its execution. “I’m giving something back to my fellow Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, the honor that they deserve,” she said. “They sacrificed themselves for we, the people. They didn’t ask for anything. We [Veterans] do it for the people and for our country.”

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Interested in a civilian career at a military friendly trucking company who cultivates and supports a military friendly culture? Whether you are a transitioning soldier or Veteran with no driving experience or an experienced civilian truck driver, J.B. Hunt is your final career destination.

  • Transitioning service members and Veterans wanting to work with the best truck driving company for Veterans: search for truck driving jobs online or call 1-800-207-6097.
  • Civilian truck drivers looking for a company who supports our toops: search for truck driving jobs online or call 1-877-791-9458.
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J.B. Hunt Ranked 8th in G.I. Jobs Top 100 Military Friendly Employers

J.B. Hunt Ranked 8th in G.I. Jobs Top 100 Military Friendly Employers

Jan 10 2017

J.B. Hunt was recently recognized for its proven commitment in providing Veterans a smooth transition into rewarding civilian driving careers. G.I. Jobs named J.B. Hunt a 2017 Top 100 Military Friendly Employer for the 10th consecutive year, ranking eighth out of companies with revenue over $1 billion.

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“Veterans are the cornerstone of J.B. Hunt’s employee base, and we take great pride in knowing these dedicated and skilled individuals are part of our company. Veterans are excellent employees. Each day, they go above their job requirements for something greater –protecting our nation. We are forever grateful for their service and are honored to call them members of our family,” said John Roberts, president and CEO of J.B. Hunt.

J.B. Hunt’s military hiring program, Hunt’s Heroes, continues to grow and offer more assistance and opportunities to Veterans every year. Since its inception in 2014, the program has expanded its local and regional driving opportunities to Veterans of any military profession, developed an extensive Department of Labor apprenticeship which offers Monthly Housing Allowance payments from the VA to qualified Veterans, and most recently, has begun offering employment opportunities to military spouses.

J.B. Hunt is proud to hire hard working Veterans for regional and local truck driving jobs. Join our ranks by calling 1-800-207-6097. No experience required.

 

 

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Wreaths Across America – Remembering the Fallen

Wreaths Across America – Remembering the Fallen

Jan 02 2017

J.B. Hunt proudly participated in the Wreaths Across America (WAA) event for a third year and transported thousands of wreaths to national cemeteries by truck and rail to be laid on the graves of fallen soldiers.

Beginning in early December, 22 of our best military Veteran drivers took part in transporting wreaths from Maine to National Cemeteries across the country – Fayetteville National Cemetery, Ark., Houston National Cemetery, Texas, Arlington National Cemetery, Va. and many within the Midwest – where volunteers placed wreaths on the graves of a half a million Veterans on December 17, National Wreaths Across America Day.

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Military Veteran drivers James and Mike M. salute the grave site at Arlington National Cemetery.

The winter of 2016 marked 25 years of wreath laying for the WAA Founders Morrill and Karen Worcester and spreading their mission to remember, honor and teach. Karen gives a lot of credit to the trucking industry for making this annual event possible.

“All of the love being sent to these cemeteries goes in the back of those tractor trailers… The Wreaths Across America program rides on the backs of those trucks and they do deliver that truckload with respect everywhere they go. We could not have Wreaths Across America across 1,200 locations around the country without the trucking industry, like J.B. Hunt and the others. They step up and they just give so much,” Karen said.

 

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Wreaths Across America Co-founder Karen Worcester and J.B. Hunt COO Craig Harper.

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This year marked a new means of transporting wreaths to Veteran cemeteries – via intermodal. Five military Veteran drivers worked side by side with Norfolk Southern Rail Road to deliver five loads of wreaths to a warehouse in East St. Louis, Ill. The wreaths were then delivered to cemeteries throughout the Midwest. Thank you Norfolk Southern Rail Road for helping us achieve our mission.

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J.B. Hunt Intermodal worked with Norfolk Southern Rail Road to deliver wreaths to cemeteries throughout the Midwest.


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Arlington National Cemetery, Va. 

Three military Veteran drivers transported thousands of wreaths from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery where hundreds of volunteers awaited their arrival and the opportunity to lay them on the graves of those who have served our country.

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Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

 

Marine Veteran and Final Mile driver Mike S. and his wife Tammy, who are Gold Star parents, were the first to join the convoy and drive the J.B. Hunt Wreaths Across America truck through Maine. They were honored to participate in WAA and appreciated the opportunity to join others in honoring and remembering fallen soldiers, like their son Michael Jr. who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. On Michael Jr.’s 51st day in Afghanistan, his unit was hit by an improvised explosive device and he was killed. He was 21 years old.

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Driver Mike S. and wife Tammy with J.B. Hunt COO Craig Harper.

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Driver Mike S. and his son Michael Jr.

 

Mike S. appreciated the support the convoy received as they began their journey from Maine to Virginia.

“They are out in the cold waiting for these trucks to roll by… and you see every age, children, old Veterans saluting you, men and women crying… it’s very moving to see and witness,” he said.

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Marine Veteran and DCS driver James was the second one to pilot the truck within the convoy through Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey. He felt a slight disbelief that he was asked to drive a leg of the journey to Arlington and visit the site where he plans to be buried.

“When I found out that I was chosen, it was one of the most important honors that I felt that I’ve received since I retired from the military. It made me feel back home for a while.” he said.

Marine Veteran and DCS driver Mike M. drove the last leg of the route through New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and finally into Arlington, Va. Mike M. was thrilled to be a part of such a notable mission to remember and honor fellow Veterans and teach others about the freedom they’ve protected.

“Honor is the only word that I can come up with that describes how I felt this past week… to feel the honor and comradery between me and friends who are fellow Veterans who have helped to make it happen… I haven’t felt that in 25 years since I served in active duty and in combat myself,” he said.

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Marine Veteran and DCS Driver Mike M.

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Marine Veteran and DCS Driver James.

 

The WWA team stopped at schools, American legions, memorial sites and fairgrounds, among other locations to participate in ceremonies that honored family members of fallen soldiers by giving them wreaths in their memory.

 

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All three J.B. Hunt drivers, numerous fellow drivers, hundreds of volunteers and the WAA team gathered in Arlington on the morning of December 17th to unload trailers and cover the cemetery’s tombstones with red ribboned wreaths.

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Driver Mike S. and his wife Tammy were asked to lay an official Wreaths Across America wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. They were deeply touched to be given the opportunity to lay the wreath in remembrance of their son and all who have given the ultimate sacrifice.

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Fayetteville National Cemetery, Ark.

Eight military Veteran drivers moved wreaths from Maine to Fayetteville, Ark., with a quick stop at J.B. Hunt corporate office in Lowell, Ark. The drivers participated in patriotic key exchange ceremonies at a number of terminals along the route. Below are a few photos of drivers and staff who were proud to take part in Wreaths Across America.

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Navy Veteran and DCS Driver Jason who drove the Columbus to Indianapolis leg of the route to Fayetteville, Ark.

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J.B. Hunt staff and Navy Veteran DCS Driver Jason at Indianapolis terminal

 

The day before the wreaths made it to their final destination, the truck stopped by the J.B. Hunt corporate office. Employees welcomed it with hands clapping and flags flying. The ceremony began with the J.B. Hunt Honor Guard presenting a wreath to Johnelle Hunt in honor of her late husband and J.B. Hunt founder and Army Veteran Johnnie B. Hunt. It continued on with a rendition of the National Anthem and words of gratitude from guest speakers CEO John Roberts and Mrs. Hunt.

Mrs. Hunt ended the ceremony by thanking the Gold Star families who attended the ceremony. “We can never honor them [Veterans] enough and thank you, thank you to the families that are here today. We bless you and we thank you  and we will always remember those who you have lost,” she said.

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Mrs. Hunt with her children, Jane and Bryan, and DCS Driver Michael and a member of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

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Wreath ceremony at J.B. Hunt corporate office.

 

On the morning of Dec 17th, the J.B. Hunt truck rolled into Fayetteville cemetery where volunteers awaited its arrival, eager to lay wreaths and show their respect to our country’s soldiers. The event included the National Anthem, inspiring speeches, a demonstration on how to lay the wreaths and a reminder to say the name of Veteran as you place it on each grave. Volunteers dispersed, gathered wreaths and laid them one by one.

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The Fayetteville National Cemetery.

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Driver Snake at the Fayetteville National Cemetery.

 

In conjunction with the Wreaths Across America events, J.B. Hunt’s Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG), who partnered with Arkansas Run for the Fallen, remembered our fallen service members by displaying a Gold Star Christmas tree in the Lowell terminal and throughout the corporate buildings. Gold Star is a title given to families who have lost a military family member in conflict or in support of military operations. The Gold Star tree has gold-colored star ornaments that represent each fallen service member from Arkansas since September 11, 2001. The ornaments are inscribed with the service member’s name, rank and year they passed. We thank the soldiers and family members for their sacrifices.

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Houston National Cemetery, Texas.

Six military Veteran drivers transported wreaths from Maine to Houston, Texas and made a number of stops for key exchange ceremonies along the way. Some ceremonies occurred in terminals located in West Haven, Ct., Perryman, Md., and Forest Park, Ga. Below are a few photos of drivers and staff who participated in the Wreaths Across America journey to Houston.

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Drivers Theo and Johnathan with color guard during a WAA key exchange ceremony.

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J.B. Hunt drivers and staff at a WAA key exchange ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wreaths Across America Day, the third J.B. Hunt truck arrived at the Houston National Cemetery with a load of wreaths for volunteers to distribute throughout the grounds. The event also included a wreath ceremony and guest speakers remembering and thanking the Veterans who have passed. Driver Mike C. who transported the wreaths from Jackson to Houston on Friday and rode along with driver Chris to the cemetery, joined his granddaughter in laying wreaths. He appreciated the opportunity to teach her about our Veterans’ sacrifices and the freedom they’ve given Americans.

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Driver Mike C. with granddaughter.

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Driver Mike C. with granddaughter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A big thank you to all our J.B. Hunt military Veteran drivers and staff as well as the volunteers who made this year’s Wreaths Across America event possible!

Are you a military Veteran looking to begin a driving career at J.B. Hunt? Call 1-800-207-6097 to learn more about our military hiring program.

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J.B. Hunt Kicks Off 2016 Wreaths Across America Journey

J.B. Hunt Kicks Off 2016 Wreaths Across America Journey

Dec 08 2016

J.B. Hunt is proud to participate in the Wreaths Across America event for a third year. Each December, the Wreaths Across America organization carries out its mission to Remember, Honor and Teach by placing wreaths on the graves of fallen soldiers at over 1,000 locations in all 50 states, at sea and locations abroad.

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Beginning Sunday, December 11, some of J.B. Hunt’s finest military veteran drivers will begin transporting thousands of wreaths from Wreaths Across America’s headquarters in Harrington, Maine to Arlington (VA) National Cemetery, Houston (TX) National Cemetery and Fayetteville (AR) National Cemetery.

J.B. Hunt is proud to be represented by these drivers participating in this year’s convoy.

  • Mike S. – USMC Veteran and Final Mile driver. Mike’s son lost his life fighting overseas and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
  • James P. – USMC Veteran and Dedicated Contract Services driver. James spent 30 years serving in the Marines and has driven for J.B. Hunt for 16 years. He’ll retire from J.B. Hunt in 2017.
  • Mike M. – USMC Veteran and Dedicated Contract Services driver. He spent 8 years in the Marines and has been with J.B. Hunt since 2003.
  • Avery T. – Army Veteran and Dedicated Contract Services driver. Avery served in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps and joined the J.B. Hunt team in early 2016.
  • Theodore H. – Army Veteran and Dedicated Contract Services driver. Theo’s father was a World War II Veteran and passed away in 2010. Theo says that being part of Wreaths Across America would make his father very proud of him.
  • Jonathan A. – Army National Guard member and Truckload driver. He has served in the Tennessee National Guard for 10 years and continues to serve.
  • Willis F. – Army Veteran and Intermodal driver. Willis served for 28 years and fought in two wars. In one of those wars, he fought with his brother, who was killed by a roadside bomb. Willis is driving to honor his brother and the thousands of other soldiers who did not come home.
  • Ricky C. – Army Veteran and Truckload driver. Ricky served for 21 years and says participating in the Wreaths Across America convoy has been one of his career goals since he came to J.B. Hunt.
  • Michael C. – Air Force Veteran and Dedicated Contract Services driver. Michael comes from a long line of veterans, including his father, who was laid to rest at Little Rock (AR) National Cemetery. Michael’s son followed in his father’s footsteps and is serving in the Air Force and is currently deployed in Afghanistan.
  • Chris L. – Air Force Veteran and Dedicated Contract Services driver. Chris is involved with numerous veterans support groups, including Whiskers for Wounded Warriors, and participates in parades and motorcycle runs to military memorial sites in Dallas-Fort Worth and surrounding areas.
  • Cheryl S. – Army Veteran and Intermodal driver. Cheryl served in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
  • Tom L. – Veteran of both the USMC and Air Force National Guard and Intermodal driver. Tom fought in Iraq during his Marine Corps service and in Afghanistan during his time in the Air Force National Guard.
  • Fred R. – Army Veteran and Final Mile driver. Fred has driven for J.B. Hunt for 12 years and recently celebrated his first Million Mile achievement.
  • Jason R.– Veteran of both the Navy and the Marines and Dedicated Contract Services driver. During his time in the Navy, Jason was a hospital corpsman and served with the Marine Corps in combat. He has been with J.B. Hunt since 2010 and was named Central Driver of the Year in 2014.
  • Daniel G. – Army Veteran and Intermodal driver. Daniel credits his driving job at J.B. Hunt for helping him make the transition to civilian life and helping him achieve his dreams. He says that participating in this year’s convoy will help him give back to the military and honor his fellow soldiers.
  • Michael R. – Air Force Veteran and Dedicated Contract Services driver. Michael is a long time J.B. Hunt driver, as well as a veteran of Vietnam and says that driving in the convoy is his way to show respect and appreciation for his fellow comrades in arms that are no longer with us. “Snake” represented J.B. Hunt on Capitol Hill earlier this year when he met with members of the United States Senate about the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act.
  • Brent S. – Army Veteran and Dedicated Contract Services driver. Brent is one of the first drivers to come through the Hunt’s Heroes program. His manager considers him to be one of the best drivers in his region and the company and he is also a driver trainer on his account.
  • Jordon W. – Army Veteran and Intermodal driver. He retired as a First Sergeant after 20 years of service. He started driving for J.B. Hunt in 2010.
  • Cliff K. – Army Veteran and Intermodal driver. He fought in Vietnam and worked for  6 1/2 years as a Combat Engineer. He has been with J.B. Hunt for 30 years!
  • Rich E. – Army Veteran and Intermodal driver. He was active for over 6 years and reached the rank of E-4 Specialist. He joined J.B. Hunt in 1992 and has been with us ever since and has over 1.7 million safe miles under his belt.
  • Peter P. – Army and Air Force Veteran and Intermodal driver. He served 12 years in the Army and 16 in the Air Force. Peter has just celebrated his tenth anniversary with J.B. Hunt!
  • Michael M. – USMC Veteran and Intermodal driver. He served eight years in the Marines. Michael started with J.B. Hunt in June of this year and came to us through the Hunt’s Heroes program.

We invite you to follow this week long journey on our J.B. Hunt Drivers Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages! Share your Wreaths Across America experience with us by using #JBHWAA, #SayTheirNames and #WAA2016.

Are you a Veteran interested in working for a company dedicated to honoring and hiring Veterans? Contact our Hunt’s Heroes military hiring team at 1-800-207-6097 to learn more about a civilian career at J.B. Hunt.

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New Record: Military Recruiter Hires 7 Veterans in Same Week

New Record: Military Recruiter Hires 7 Veterans in Same Week

Nov 16 2016

This past Veterans Day, J.B. Hunt honored our service men and women with a Veterans Day Celebration that included inspiring speeches, a placement of flags and a flag raising by our Honor Guard. We were also thrilled to celebrate a new Veteran hiring record set by our Hunt’s Heroes Military Recruiter Jeff! He offered seven Veterans rewarding professional driving careers in the same week. 

J.B. Hunt has a company-wide initiative to hire 10,000 Veterans by 2020 and our Hunt’s Heroes team has proven dedicated to reaching this goal. The team’s record number of Veteran hires in the same week is 13. They have big plans to keep growing their numbers and continue to offer Veterans purposeful and mission-oriented driving careers.

Jeff and J.B. Hunt proudly welcome Andrew, Stanley, Daniel P., Roger, Mervin, Daniel M. and Gary. Take a moment to read about these men and comment below to wish them the best in their new careers!

Andrew Williams for 7 Vets story

Andrew – Hunt’s Heroes Driver

 

Andrew is an eight-year Army Veteran who will be driving a regional intermodal route in Kentucky. He’s looking forward to a career that allows him to travel and see the country while being home weekly to spend time with his two children, Aniyah and Peyton.

 

 

 

 

 

Stanley

Stanley – Hunt’s Heroes Driver

 

Stanley served in the Army for six years and lives with his wife, Barbara, in Colorado. He’s excited to drive a regional dedicated account where he can travel the south west region of the country and explore the Rocky Mountains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel

Daniel – Hunt’s Heroes Driver

 

Daniel P. served for 17 years in the Marine Corps and Army. He and his wife, Angela, and their children, Daniel, Clay, Lita and Adrianna live in Wisconsin where Daniel will be driving local intermodal. He’s looking forward to experiencing how it is to drive a big rig and is ready for a career where he can be his own boss.

 

 

 

Roger for 7 Vets story

Roger – Hunt’s Heroes Driver

 

Roger is an Air Force Veteran with four and a half years of service. He and his wife will be moving from Houston, Texas to Kansas City, Mo. to pursue Roger’s new regional intermodal driving career. Roger is looking forward to having a stable career that he can one day retire from.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mervin

Mervin – Hunt’s Heroes Driver

 

Mervin proudly retired from the Marine Corps with 23 years of service. He’s looking forward to driving a local dedicated account in Pennsylvania and work for a company that supports service members. With J.B. Hunt, Mervin says that he will be given a true feeling of mission accomplishment – fulfill our customers’ requirements with the highest standards of customer service in the safest and most efficient manner.

 

 

 

Daniel

Daniel – Hunt’s Heroes Driver

 

Daniel M. served four years of active duty in the Army and is currently in the Reserves. He’s looking forward to driving a regional intermodal position where he’ll be home weekly to spend time with his wife, Angie and his three children, Josh, Isaac and Chelsea. He anticipates having a new skill under his belt, providing more for his family and eventually living in Dallas, Texas.

 

 

 

Gary

Gary – Hunt’s Heroes Driver

 

Gary is a National Guard Veteran who is ready to participate in the Hunt’s Heroes National Apprenticeship program where he will train to drive a local dedicated job in Maryland.

 

 

 

 

Are you a Veteran or transitioning soldier looking for a rewarding civilian career? Join our ranks by searching for truck driving jobs online or calling us at 1-800-207-6097.

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