Opportunity for Veterans with Schneider program

12/09/2010  | 
The Griffon

Schneider National, one of the nation’s largest truckload carriers, recently launched a small business owner program designed to help members of the military become successful owner-operators. The new offering from Schneider Finance, the company’s truck financing affiliate, is designed to specifically meet the needs of military personnel while recognizing their service.

The Schneider National Military Owner-Operator Program is open to veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve. A Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and six months of experience are needed to be eligible. Schneider will recommend driving schools for individuals who still need to acquire their Class A CDL. Military personnel can also work with a Schneider representative to learn about having their GI Bill applied toward driving school tuition.

The program allows military personnel to purchase or lease a truck without a credit check. Another benefit of the program is that leases will remain active throughout the time that military owner-operators are deployed or in training.

“Previously, I had been leasing a truck through another company. The lease terms came to an end when I was deployed, and I was left without a truck. When I came back, I learned about Schneider’s new program and signed up right away,” recalls Michael Turner, a member of the National Guard who is currently enrolled in the program. “It takes a lot of stress out of my life knowing I have the resources and knowledge to provide for my family.”

“We believe the men and women who so courageously defend our country deserve the utmost respect and unwavering support from their employers,” said Mike Hinz, vice president at Schneider National. Prior to joining Schneider, Hinz was an artillery officer in the United States Army. He recently retired from the U.S. Army Reserve after 24 years of service.

In addition to providing owner-operator opportunities, Schneider National also has programs for military personnel to join the organization as company drivers.

“All of our military programs at Schneider National have been created to fit the lifestyles and commitments of former and current military personnel,” Hinz added. “We have been recognized as a top military employer by several organizations, including National HireVetsFirst and Employer Support for Guard and Reserve, and we have consistently been ranked on the GI Jobs Top 100 Military Friendly Employers list.”

Schneider offers other advantages to service members including excused time off for military training, exceptional pay and career advancement opportunities.

For more information on Schneider’s career opportunities for current and former service members visit www.schneiderjobs.com or call 800-44-PRIDE (800-447-7433).

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