Don D.: Enhancing Post-Military Career Through Apprenticeship

When Don enlisted in the Army National Guard in April of 2001, he didn't expect the skills he gained in the service to be such a benefit to him once he returned to the civilian world. He set out to serve his country, and did so for 9 years during turbulent times for the US military in the Middle East. He was deployed to Iraq, Qatar, and Dijibouti, Africa.

Don was honorably discharged in 2010 and worked several jobs, but none of them provided the income or benefits that he was looking for. In 2014, he married his wife, Rebekah, and then decided to utilize his GI Bill benefits to attend CDL school. He was drawn to the trucking industry because it offered a better-than-average income and completed his CDL truck driving apprenticeship at U.S. Xpress where he and Rebekah now drive together as a team.

These days, Don excels in the civilian sector of employment. His secret? The military prepared him for his profession by teaching him attention to detail. According to Don, the smallest details can be a matter of life or death, both in the military and on the road. He was recently chosen to drive one of six trucks that US Xpress wrapped in decals to honor different branches of the military, our country's independence, and of course our veterans.

Don has a goal to continue to better himself, both as a person and as a driver. He encourages other veterans to follow his lead and utilize their GI Bill benefits to enhance their careers too.