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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.

J.B. Hunt moves wreaths by rail…

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!

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

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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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Veterans Day Celebration – Thank You For Your Service

Veterans Day Celebration – Thank You For Your Service

Nov 14 2016

This Veterans Day, we proudly gathered at the corporate office for a powerful ceremony to honor and thank our Veterans. It was coordinated by the Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG), and included speeches by J.B. Hunt Veterans and guest Marine Sergeant Marshall Kennedy, a flag raising ceremony by the J.B. Hunt Honor Guard, and placement of flags by employees on corporate grounds.

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With the loyalty and bravery of our Veterans, we remain a free democracy. For that, we thank you. To view the whole ceremony, please watch our video below.

J.B. Hunt is dedicated to thanking and rewarding Veterans as they enter the civilian life with a solid career. Learn more about our Veteran driving jobs at J.B. Hunt or call one of our career specialists to learn more: 1-800-207-6097

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J.B. Hunt Hiring Military Veterans and Spouses

J.B. Hunt Hiring Military Veterans and Spouses

Nov 07 2016

J.B. Hunt’s Mission: Employ 10,000 Veterans by 2020

Hiring military Veterans is a company-wide effort at J.B. Hunt, and we are dedicated to employing 10,000 Veterans by 2020. We value your character and what you bring to the transportation industry – hard work, devotion, intelligence, leadership and aptitude.

Under our Hunt’s Heroes division and as a Department of Labor Apprenticeship Program provider, we offer a number of hiring and mentoring programs that employ Veterans and transitioning soldiers, as well as military spouses.

Our most well-known programs fall under our J. B. Hunt National Apprenticeship Program – the Hunt’s Heroes CDL-A Hiring Program and Military Finisher Program. The first caters to Veterans of any MOS who are interested in pursuing professional driving as their civilian career, while the latter is a fast track program for those who have experience driving heavy equipment during their service time.

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Through the CDL-A and Military Finisher programs, Veterans are paid a stable income while they complete orientation, driving school, and behind-the-wheel training. They assume their responsibilities at either a local (home daily) or regional (home weekly) Dedicated Contract Services or Intermodal fleet. As a participant in our 12-month J. B. Hunt National Apprenticeship Program, one may also be eligible to receive a GI Bill Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) payment from the VA in addition to his or her paycheck.

Our Military Spouse Hiring Program is designed to hire a Hunt’s Heroes professional driver’s spouse OR an active duty military spouse. The program involves a normal interviewing process and allows the spouse to work from home, base or any convenient location.

Lastly, J.B. Hunt offers a Maintenance Hiring Program where Veterans are trained under a certified professional trainer. They will receive on-the-job instruction and training, certification and full-time employment.

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J.B. Hunt is proud to offer an array of career opportunities to Veterans, transitioning soldiers and their spouses. Learn more about joining our ranks by calling 1-800-207-6097 or view our jobs for Veterans online.

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J.B. Hunt Nominated for Military Hiring Award for Second Year

J.B. Hunt Nominated for Military Hiring Award for Second Year

Nov 07 2016

J.B. Hunt’s military hiring program, Hunt’s Heroes, was nominated for the Military Spouse Employment Award at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes sixth annual Lee Anderson Awards Dinner on November 2nd. This prestigious award is given to those who have demonstrated hiring and support of military spouses in their search for meaningful employment.

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J.B. Hunt’s nomination for the Military Spouse Employment Award.

J.B. Hunt was proud to have been recognized at the awards dinner for the past two years. Last year, the team was nominated for the Steve Robinson Post-9/11 Veteran Employment Award and this year for the Military Spouse Employment Award.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes sixth annual Lee Anderson Awards Dinner.

For the past six years, the Hiring Our Heroes Lee Anderson Awards Dinner has recognized and honored committed companies involved in finding meaningful work for Veterans and military spouses. Awards are presented to companies and individuals that have developed and applied best practices for addressing the employment challenges faced by America’s Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses.

Although J.B. Hunt did not win the Military Spouse Employment Award, Hunt’s Heroes Hiring Manager Dave was honored to see the Hunt’s Heroes program be recognized for its tenacious work in hiring Veterans and their spouses.

“It’s an honor to be a part of our Hunt’s Heroes program and see it make a positive impact on the lives of Veterans, transitioning soldiers and military spouses. We are proud to do what we do and appreciate the recognition that the Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes has given us. We are very grateful to be nominated for the second year in a row,” Dave said.

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J.B. Hunt’s military hiring team at the awards dinner with the Under Secretary of the Army and Chief Management Officer Patrick Murphy.


Are you a Veteran, transitioning soldier or military spouse looking for a rewarding civilian career? Learn more about joining our ranks by calling 1-800-207-6097 or view our jobs online.

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Civilian Career for Veterans: Delivery Installation Specialist

Civilian Career for Veterans: Delivery Installation Specialist

Oct 11 2016

As Veterans transition out of the military and into the civilian world, their future career is at the forefront of their minds. Many are searching for a job with structure that pays a living wage and offers sufficient home time, as well as the flexibility to be in the Reserves.

Through our distinguished Hunt’s Heroes military hiring program, J.B. Hunt offers all Veterans, no matter their MOS or driving experience, a fulfilling career that provides the salary, structure and flexibility needed. One of the most seamless career transitions for a Veteran is that of a Delivery Installation Specialist.

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Delivery Installation Specialists are promptly trained on how to drive a straight truck – no truck driving school or Class A license required. They are then equipped with the tools and the confidence needed to safely and correctly install appliances, fitness equipment, furniture and other items at customer locations.

Working mostly Monday through Friday, an installation specialist makes deliveries in major metro areas across the country. He or she interacts with customers in a friendly and professional manner while delivering to their homes, job sites or businesses.

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Career benefits include:

  • Projected annual average of $42,000
  • Consistent schedule, pay and time off
  • Deliver and install appliances, fitness equipment, etc.
  • Work Monday through Friday, with occasional Saturday work
  • Benefit options and a company-matched 401k plan
  • No experience needed

Interested in becoming a Delivery Installation Specialist? Call one of our military career specialists at 1-800-207-6097 or check out our job openings for Veterans.

 

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Hunt’s Heroes Driver Gifts Trainer with Drill Sergeant Hat

Hunt’s Heroes Driver Gifts Trainer with Drill Sergeant Hat

Aug 25 2016

Driver and trainer Charles can be seen performing mock DOT inspections on fellow drivers while sporting his new J.B. Hunt DCS branded drill sergeant hat. When asked about his new hat, Charles says “It’s the best trophy I’ve ever received.”

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Charles has been training J.B. Hunt drivers for the past 6 years and driving for the last 28 years. Recently, he accepted a new mission – train a new driver coming through the Hunt’s Heroes program.

The Hunt’s Heroes military hiring program is designed to provide driving careers to Veterans and transitioning soldiers. No driving experience is required. The Hunt’s Heroes team mentors the new driver through the process – orientation, CDL schooling (if needed) and training.

Charles speaks of the Hunt’s Heroes program with high regards. “It’s a big risk to train right out of school. Everyone starts somewhere. It’s a really good program,” he said.

Trainee David had retired from the Sherriff’s office, was still active in the Army Reserves, and was ready for a new civilian career that would accommodate his military obligations. J.B. Hunt kept coming to mind.

“J.B. Hunt was actively recruiting Veterans…Driving was a perfect fit for me and my other career. If you get deployed for a short period of time, you can hop back in the truck. Being gone has never been an issue,” David said.

David called the Hunt’s Heroes number and spoke with J.B. Hunt recruiter and Army Reservist Jeff. “This account had never hired a Veteran without any experience and they were willing to give it a try. Jeff was fantastic. He bent over backwards to explain the different accounts, answered all my questions, and found an account that was a good fit for me. I told him that I think I can do it, give me a shot, and he did,” David said.

david and charles

Coming straight out of driving school, David only had an hour and half of experience behind the wheel but Charles was ready for the challenge. He enjoys working with Veterans. “They are willing to listen and take your advice. They follow your orders and directions. They want to prove that they can do this,” Charles said.

Charles has only great things to say about the new driver. “I couldn’t have asked for a better trainee,” he said. “He’s a good guy, smart and takes everything in stride. As a drill sergeant, he was used to things being done his way and being in command but I stuck to my guns and told him that this is my ship. I won’t get you in trouble.”

David also speaks highly of his trainer and appreciates the time and patience Charles invested in him. “He’s a tough guy, very serious about the training. We would joke that if I graduate from this program, I’m going to give you my drill sergeant hat. Being a drill sergeant [myself], his training style was like me looking at myself in the mirror. If you don’t do it right, he’ll tell ya,” David said.

Once his training was complete and he took to his route solo, David planned how he would show Charles his gratitude. “I was the first person he had ever trained who hadn’t driven a truck before. I thought it was important to recognize him as he had his work cut out for him,” he said.

David gives Charles hat

David sewed a J.B. Hunt DCS patch to his drill sergeant hat and with his manager’s help, arranged a meeting with Charles. “He had no idea why he was being called to the office. That hat has the DCS patch on it. He could actually wear it as I got it approved by corporate. I was making good on my promise,” he said.

Charles was proud to receive such a prestigious gift from the Veteran. “I was totally surprised. It was awesome. The best trophy I’ve ever received. It was really awesome! It was really nice of him,” he said.

david and team

 

Learn more about J.B. Hunt’s driving careers for Veterans and transitioning soldiers by visiting our military site or calling 1-800-207-6097. No experience required.

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