This is a bit outside our normal wheelhouse, but we’ll allow it because we love to show our support for the troops. Belmor is a leading designer of accessories for heavy-duty trucks and last year they started a contest to honor military veterans who had entered service as truck drivers.
From their official description of the contest: “Open to all U.S. Armed Forces veterans 21 and older currently employed as commercial truck drivers, the contest invited participants to tell 'their story' about their military service and career in the heavy duty trucking industry. Submissions included information about time of service, duties in the military, factors that led to a transition into the trucking industry, what makes commercial truck driving enjoyable and why attending the Mid-America Trucking Show was important.”
This year’s recipient is US Army veteran Larry J. Berman from Spring Hill, FL. Berman served in the U.S. Army from 1974-2000, completing a successful career as a medic EMT and a medical instructor for the U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences. After achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class, Berman transitioned to the U.S. Coast Guard, where he served from 2002-2015 as an Independent Duty Corpsman. After dedicating his life to serving his country, Berman retired with his wife, Mary, a fellow U.S. Army soldier. The Bermans then transitioned to the heavy duty trucking industry and now work as a team for US Xpress Enterprises.