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


  • The Pavilion

Date / Hours

  • March 24-26, 2022
  • Thursday 10AM - 6PM
  • Friday 10AM - 6PM
  • Saturday 9AM - 4PM


Admission is free to all badged MATS attendees

Thanks to our partners

Meet the Veterans

These veterans have been selected by the carriers they drive for to receive a custom-wrapped truck in honor of their service to our country. The drivers will be at MATS with their custom-wrapped trucks.

Ken Mateer

After nearly 22 years in combined military service and a battle with cancer, Ken retired from the military and now drives with ACT. ACT chose Ken to be the recipient of their custom-wrapped Veteran truck because of his powerful story. Watch the video to hear Ken’s story.

Larry Pope

At the age of 17, Larry joined the military and found discipline, structure, and a purpose. Leaving the military, Larry was looking for a similar brotherhood with the same comradery, respect, and sense of purpose. Transitioning into trucking was natural. Larry says that, “Clean Harbors gives you the structure you’re used to. A definite mission” coupled with an expectation that “you’ll get your mission done… that you’ll do what needs to be done, without supervising or second guessing.”