“I’m still a bit amazed that J.B. Hunt would go out of their way to offer such fabulous opportunities to Veterans,” DCS driver and Army Veteran Kevin said. “I enjoy what I’m doing and I know there are other opportunities in the company. I’m long term.”
Although Kevin has been transporting dry and frozen groceries for over a year now, it didn’t take long for him to understand the impact his job has on customers. “When I’m at a store and see people taking groceries off the store shelf, that was me. I deliver a much needed product to the store on time. I’m fulfilling that need,” he said. “It’s a sense of pride. You realize what you’re doing makes a difference.”
Driving a truck and delivering goods wasn’t always a part of Kevin’s career plans. After 21 years of serving in the Army and nearly a decade working as a government contractor, he quickly realized that non-government management positions paid lower then what he expected, making it difficult for him to support his family. To his surprise, he came across a mission-oriented occupation that offered a more competitive wage and home time. “I found truck driving. It’s not the most glamorous job, but it pays well,” he said.
Kevin discovered his local truck driving job after responding to an online ad and quickly hearing back from J.B. Hunt’s Veteran hiring team. He was introduced to the Hunt’s Heroes apprenticeship program where Veterans, no matter their driving experience, are offered a fast track to a career in transportation. After learning more about J.B. Hunt, the Hunt’s Heroes apprenticeship program and the job’s responsibilities, Kevin was convinced to take on the opportunity. “I’m a Vet, no truck driving experience and they want me,” he said. “They are willing to trust me. I’ll give them a shot.”
Kevin’s ambition and strong work ethic as well as his military skills have helped him excel in his position. “My military skills help me every day. I drove two and a half ton trucks with generators when I was 18. These trailers are longer but the concepts were the same… it was easy to transition,” he said. “I also use customer service, discipline, understanding, leadership and respect every day.”
Within two months on the job, Kevin earned the Account Driver of the Month award. “I don’t do it for the accolades, it’s just the right thing to do. It’s proper customer service,” he said. “I would have done it even if I wasn’t the driver of the month.”
This March, Kevin reached his one-year anniversary as a DCS driver and was surprised to hear from the Veteran hiring team again. “When I received a congratulations email on my one-year anniversary, it means that someone cares… that’s why I like this company,” he said. “From a Veteran’s stand point, I think it’s [Hunt’s Heroes] a great program.”
Kevin has no regrets about joining the ranks at J.B. Hunt as a company driver. He’s glad to be a part of the growing Fortune 500 company. “It’s a good job, good benefits, good company… it’s fulfilling to know you’re a part of something,” he said. “I hope to stay with the company until I retire. I have more to add.”