Truckers for Troops lives up to name in 2020

December 2020/January 2021

Land Line Staff

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Since 2007, truckers have shown in a very real way their support for our troops and veterans.

That didn’t change in 2020. While totals for the 2020 Truckers for Troops campaign weren’t available as of press time, it was clear that truck drivers once again displayed their support for those who have made sacrifices for our country.

The 2020 Truckers for Troops campaign raised money to send care packages to our troops overseas and to support the Veterans Community Project, which helps homeless and other needy veterans transition into permanent housing and a better life. The 2020 campaign took place the week of Veterans Day, from Monday, Nov. 9, through the start of business on Monday, Nov. 16. During Truckers for Troops, truckers can join OOIDA for a discounted rate of $35 with 10% of that going into the fund and OOIDA matching that money. Truckers also can make direct donations to the fund.

“This year was different in a lot of ways, with us putting so much emphasis on the Veterans Community Project, with the pandemic, and so on,” said Mark Reddig, host of Land Line Now. “But truckers, as usual, come through – mostly online, less on the phones, but in a big way. Just as with every year before, truckers showed how much they support our troops and veterans.”

Truckers for Troops started in 2007 as a way to send care packages to our country’s troops overseas and veterans’ facilities in the United States.

The campaign, which was created during Operation Iraqi Freedom, has generated nearly $670,000 through the 2019 campaign.

Now with fewer soldiers stationed in harm’s way, Truckers for Troops is using funds to help the Veterans Community Project in addition to sending care packages.

VCP helps provide housing for homeless veterans through a community of “tiny houses.”

VCP’s locations also include a community center that provides comprehensive services to veterans, such as “navigating the VA and their benefits, identification services, mental and physical health referrals, financial counseling, and employment support, among other services. In addition, veterans can receive hygiene kits and utilize a food pantry. All services are free of charge.”

The 2019 campaign generated $32,574 to support U.S. military personnel. Veterans are a huge part of the trucking industry overall, and more than one-third of all OOIDA members have served in the military.

OOIDA’s first Truckers for Troops campaign started with the modest goal to raise $5,000. However, generous truck drivers opened their wallets and raised more than eight times the original goal, which totaled $42,083. LL

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