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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, May 01, 2013
Virginia DMV Program Highlighted for Helping Veterans Find Jobs
Commissioner Presents on Troops to Trucks during White House Forum
RICHMOND - By invitation, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Commissioner Richard D. Holcomb participated in a White House Forum on military credentialing and licensing on Monday, April 29, 2013. The Commercial Drivers Licenses Industry Roundtable focused on developing strategies to transfer military training and experience into credits towards bus and truck drivers' licenses. According to the White House, the forum stemmed from the efforts of President Obama's Military Credentialing and Licensing Task Force, and the First Lady's call-to-action in February to take legislative or executive action to help our troops get the credentials they need.
Commissioner Holcomb joined a panel of federal and state leaders from the transportation and defense sectors. He presented DMV's Troops to TrucksSM program, a partnership between DMV, the military, and the transportation industry that's helping veterans transition into civilian jobs.
Nearly 100 Soldiers and Marines have directly benefitted from the Troops to TrucksSM program since it launched July 1, 2012. Through Troops to Trucks SM, military members with a military CDL are exempt from taking the skills test-one less test and one step toward getting a Virginia CDL and future employment in the transportation industry. For military members with no or less than two years military driving experience, Troops to Trucks SM offers classroom and behind-the-wheel training right on post for participants before they leave service. When training is complete-a full service DMV 2 Go mobile office comes right to the training site to administer knowledge exams and issue CDLs. Troops to TrucksSM participants complete an employment interest questionnaire, which DMV will share with transportation industry partners-a chance to match veterans with job opportunities.
Yesterday's discussion served as an opportunity for key stakeholders from around the nation to share ideas for streamlining credentialing for service members, veterans, and their spouses and develop a national plan of action.
"I was honored by the invitation to share the success of Virginia's Troops to TrucksSM program," said Commissioner Holcomb. "Under Governor McDonnell's leadership, the Commonwealth has become a national leader in this area and serves as a model for others on how we can all work together to better serve those who have served our country."
Pictures of the event are available upon request from Sunni Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org.