Our roots run deep when it comes to supporting US veterans here at TDI. Truck Driver institute, (TDI), was founded in 1973 by U.S. Army veteran, Thomas Gast. Since that time, TDI has grown to twelve campuses, and over the past 44 years the school has partnered with 20+ trucking companies to help new drivers transition into the workforce as a Class A CDL driver.
TDI proudly offers a program that has been approved to offer VA education benefits. Many veterans are sitting on either their Post-911 ® or Montgomery GI Bill, which could allow them to receive training and hit the road with a new career with top pay in a short period of time. A new career is only 15 days away.
The process is easy.
Veterans need only apply for their COE (certificate of eligibility) with the VA. Upon receiving their eligibility benefits they can then enter into our 3 week training program. We then help place them with the trucking company of their choice that fits best. There are a few companies that will reimburse the student for him/her benefits. There are several who also participate in the apprenticeship program which allows eligible veterans to earn in excess of $24,000 in tax-free GI Bill payments in addition to their regular pay as a driver over a two year period. Veterans have earned these benefits in service to our country so why not use the benefits instead of lose them.
Two of our past students recently had the honor of becoming finalists in the Transition Trucking: Driving For Excellence award presentd by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes Program, (HOH). Troy Davidson, a U.S. Navy veteran who trained at our Milton, FL location went on to take home the first prize award of a brand new fully loaded kenworth T680. Mr. Kevin Scott, a U.S. Army veteran who received his training at our Gulfport, MS campus, received $10,000 as a top 3 finalist and runner up.
The trucking industry needs drivers. Currently, there are more seats than there are drivers to fill them. Here at TDI we are doing our part to help fill those seats with veterans who have served this great country.
Are you a veteran looking to start a new career? Learn more about our programs for veterans.
GI Bill ® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill