New Taskforce Established to Support White House Trucking Action Plan to Strengthen America’s Trucking Workforce

Task Force Members to Join President Biden Today at White House for Event Highlighting the President’s ‘Trucking Action Plan’

(Washington D.C)-Task Force Movement: Life Cycle Pathways for Veterans and Military to Trucking’s formation unites military life cycle experts and trucking industry specialists to create recommendations and operationalize solutions to support the White House Trucking Action Plan to Strengthen America’s Trucking Workforce. Members of the Task Force will join President Biden today for an update on his ‘Trucking Action Plan.’

Task Force Movement is comprised of experts and leaders from Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs), veteran influencers, in addition to industry and government officials. Task Force Movement’s Steering Committee includes industry and VSO leaders who will work to prioritize issues and create recommendations on strategies and action plans.

The military community and trucking industry face unique challenges in their respective spaces, including unemployment and underemployment of veterans, and a shortage of truck drivers, compounding the negative effects of existing supply chain issues. By bringing these communities together, Task Force Movement aims to reverse these trends and improve the lives of transitioning service members, veterans, and military families through career pathways into the trucking industry.

“Our nation’s outdated infrastructure and the effects of the ongoing pandemic have stressed our transportation industry, resulting in a critical shortage of truck drivers,” says Hon. Patrick Murphy, Chair of the Task Force Movement Steering Committee, “Many of America’s veterans have already developed specific skills that are perfectly aligned with the trucking industry, making them excellent candidates to help address these challenges and build the next generation’s trucking workforce. By creating these career pathways into the trucking industry, Task Force Movement hopes to combat shortages while connecting military families with good-paying, family-sustaining careers that provide stability, a sense of purpose, and work-life balance.” 

“Trucking industry leaders view veterans as excellent career candidates because they are mission-driven, demonstrate attention to detail, and understand the value of teamwork,” Sarah Amico of Jack Cooper Transport.

The Task Force Steering Committee members Patrick Murphy, Will Attig (Union Veterans Council AFL-CIO), Cassie Balbelt (Minority Veterans of America), Elizabeth Belcaster (EMB Consultants, Inc), Ryan Gallucci (Veterans of Foreign Wars), Bill Sullivan (American Trucking Associations), Sarah Amico (Jack Cooper Transport), Joe Sharpe (American Legion), Ryan Streblow (National Tank Truck Carriers), James Fitzgerald (NYC Veterans Alliance), Joe Chenelly (AMVETS), and Dean Thomas (Systems Expert) will work with VSO leaders, veteran influencers, and trucking industry representatives to identify problems and solutions in the veteran community and trucking industry, create strategies and action plans, and make recommendations to the Administration, and industry, VSOs, and Agencies.