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'Troops To Trucks' Makes It Easier For Vets To Get Jobs

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A new program in Virginia will make it easier for veterans to get jobs in the transportation industry. Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) outlined the "Troops to Trucks" program May 14, calling it the first of its kind in the nation. 

Beginning July 1, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will streamline the process for veterans to obtain a civilian commercial driver's license through a new federal regulation. The regulation gives holders of military commercial driver's licenses a waiver from the road skills test requirement. The written test is still required. 

The DMV is partnering with military installations to provide training for veterans who don't have experience operating commercial vehicles. The agency also is partnering with transportation associations to refer applicants to potential employers. 

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