Schneider has a long history of supporting veterans, dating back to its founder, Al Schneider, who was a longtime member of the National Guard.

Five Good Things: Military Appreciation Month

May 17, 2024
Schneider and OOIDA honor veterans, TCA names a new Highway Angel, Love’s helps teachers, and Averitt earns awards.

May is Military Appreciation Month, and the trucking industry is focused on honoring veterans. Learn more about how in this week’s Five Good Things.

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Truck driver named TCA Highway Angel for helping injured truck driver

The Truckload Carriers Association has named truck driver Devin Rhinehardt, from Twinsburg, Ohio, a TCA Highway Angel for helping a fellow truck driver who was seriously injured. Rhinehardt works for Maverick Transportation out of North Little Rock, Arkansas.

On April 2, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. in Silver Grove, Kentucky, Reinhardt was picking up his load from a customer site when another driver walked into the office asking for someone to call an ambulance.

“I turn around, and I see blood just gushing out of his arm,” Rhinehardt said, who immediately called 911. “There was blood all over his arm, all over his chest—he was very badly injured.”

The injured man had slipped and suffered a severely lacerated wrist. Once he knew help was coming, Rhinehardt ran out to the guard station to notify security that emergency vehicles were en route. When the ambulance arrived, he led emergency staff to the injured man. Looking back, Rhinehardt was glad he stepped up to help.

“I immediately realized that he was bleeding really bad—I wasn’t just gonna sit there and watch the man die,” Rhinehardt said.

Feedback from the hospital was that Rhinehardt's quick actions likely saved the injured man from bleeding out on the way to the hospital.

Schneider honored twice for empowering U.S. military veterans and their families

Schneider National has been recognized as a 2024 Military Friendly Employer and a Military Spouse Friendly Employer for its outstanding work recruiting, hiring, and retaining military veterans.  

The Military Friendly Employer award is based on public information and surveys, highlighting companies that demonstrate strong support for service members and veterans and career advancement practices. Awardees of the Military Spouse Friendly Employer designation recognize the importance of identifying and supporting military spouses/dependents in their workforce. More than 1,500 companies competed for Military Friendly designations this year.   

Schneider has a long history of supporting veterans, dating back to its founder, Al Schneider, who was a longtime member of the National Guard. The company offers veteran programs and career opportunities for those who have served our country. About 13% of Schneider's associates have military experience, and two of Schneider’s executives—Jim Filter and Rob Reich—are veterans.

Love’s $60,000 donation funds Oklahoma City area school projects

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week and Love’s 60th anniversary, the company donated $60,000 to DonorsChoose, a crowdfunding platform for teachers to fund school projects.

"One of our giving pillars is youth and education, so this partnership just makes sense,” said Jenny Love Meyer, chief culture officer of Love’s. “DonorsChoose’s bottom-up model directly impacts teachers and students in our hometown of Oklahoma City, and we can’t think of a better way to support the future generation of leaders.”

The DonorsChoose gift from Love’s is helping fund 188 projects at 93 schools in the metro Oklahoma City area. Most of the funding will go to equity-focused schools' engineering, technology, and science projects.

Mrs. Culbert from Tinker Elementary School in Oklahoma City received funding from Love’s for books, a STEM project, and light covers that provide a calming learning environment for second and fourth graders.

“Thank you for your generous donation to our Elementary Gifted classroom,” Culbert said. “Because of you, my students will have new novels for next year. We will also have a calming environment to create STEM magic! I can't wait to use these resources with my students! Thanks again for your support!”

See also: Love’s and Speedco offering half-off DOT inspections, discounts on Yokohama tires in May

OOIDA honors veterans with Truckers for Troops campaign

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association acknowledges Military Appreciation Month with a Truckers for Troops campaign from May 6 to 19. This program focuses on supporting U.S. troops overseas and veterans back home.

The fundraising effort has been an OOIDA tradition since 2007. Originally, it was dedicated to sending care packages to service personnel stationed in combat zones. Truckers for Troops has also helped a variety of veterans' facilities, including those assisting or housing wounded, disabled, or homeless service members.

Over the past 17 years, OOIDA has raised more than $800,000 and sent more than 3,273 care packages, serving more than 39,276 military members. The organization also sent aid packages to 65 facilities caring for wounded, disabled, and homeless veterans, including the Veterans Community Project. The VCP began in Kansas City and plans to have locations in every state. Currently, it has locations in Sioux Falls, South Dakota;  Longmont, Colorado; St. Louis, Missouri; and other states.

During the two-week campaign, truck drivers can join or renew for $35, with 10% of that money going toward care packages. OOIDA matches the 10% dollar for dollar.

Uline presents Averitt with awards for 'exceptional performance' 

Averitt recently received three Exceptional Performance Awards from Uline. These awards were presented to Averitt's teams in Atlanta, Georgia; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Fort Myers, Florida to recognize the company’s customer service, technological innovation, partnership, and dedication. 

"Receiving these awards from Uline, one of our closest partners, is an honor,” said Barry Blakely, president and COO at Averitt. “It is a testament to our associates across these locations and our network as a whole." 

Angelo Ventrone, VP of Logistics at Uline, commended Averitt's outstanding performance, saying, "Averitt's commitment to on-time, error-free deliveries; proactive adoption of carrier technology; and outstanding service, demonstrates a true commitment to supporting Uline and our customers’ needs. We are grateful for Averitt’s dedication and contributions and look forward to achieving even greater success together in the years to come."

About the Author

Jenna Hume | Digital Editor

Digital Editor Jenna Hume previously worked as a writer in the gaming industry. She has a bachelor of fine arts degree in creative writing from Truman State University and a master of fine arts degree in writing from Lindenwood University. She is currently based in Missouri. 

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