New Veterans In Trucking Program To Be Featured At MATS 50th
Veterans In Trucking Event at MATS 2022

Veterans In Trucking, a new program focused on providing veterans with a new career path in the trucking industry, is coming to the 50th anniversary of the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS), held March 24th-26th of 2022.

The Veterans In Trucking event is a way for MATS, VIT, and supporting partners to honor this country’s heroes and give back to the people who have given so much for their country. The Veterans In Trucking event will include custom-tribute trucks, a people’s choice vote, and special displays.

Veterans are selected by the carrier they drive for and receive a custom-wrapped truck in honor of their service to our country.

The initial recipients of the military themed trucks have been awarded. Ken Mateer is one of the Veterans In Trucking that has been selected. Mateer served nearly 22 years in combined military services before retiring and now drives with ACT. ACT chose Mateer to be the recipient of their custom-wrapped truck due to his powerful story.

Larry Pope joined the military at age 17 and found discipline, structure, and a purpose. After he left, Pope was looking for the same brotherhood and found trucking. Clean Harbor chose Pope to be the recipient of their custom-wrapped truck due to his sense of comradery, respect, and sense of purpose.

Ted Kieffer served for 21 years in the military driving heavy haul equipment in Germany. Today, he drives for Unlimited Carriers and appreciates their commitment to giving him the hometime he needs.

To learn more about the powerful stories of Mateer, Pope, Kieffer, and others visit Veterans In Trucking.

Admission to the program is free to all badged MATS attendees and will be located in The Pavilion.

For all information regarding the 50th Anniversary of MATS, schedules, and announcements, visit

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Since 1972, MATS -- Mid-America Trucking Show has become the world’s largest and longest running annual heavy-duty trucking event. MATS is the place to experience everything from new technologies to networking with industry thought leaders. This is where the industry’s largest brands and promising startups do business, form partnerships, and make meaningful connections. Over 900 exhibitors and more than 70,000 attendees experience MATS each year, making it the education and innovation epicenter of the trucking industry. MATS 2022 - March 24-26, It’s time to get back to business.



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