National Truck Protection (NTP) and Premium 2000+, two of the largest aftermarket commercial truck warranty brands in North America, last year introduced its “Value Our Veterans” program to support the military veterans in the trucking industry.

The company says it is estimated that one million of the active military veterans in the workforce are working in the transportation industry, about 12 percent of the total military veterans in the workforce today. NTP and Premium 2000+ says its Value Our Veterans program looks to support veterans from all branches of service.

The program began last year on Sept. 11 when any owner-operator who bought an NTP or Premium 2000+ warranty during that time period was given a $100 gift card and automatically entered into a drawing to give away three cash prizes totaling $5,000. This support carried on at the annual UTA Convention in Palm Springs, Calif., where UTA participants could enter a drawing for $500 in cash prizes and each winner could designate which military veterans organization they wanted NTP/Premium 2000+ to donate to.

National Truck Protection Run Ranger RunWith a donation from NTP/Premium 2000+ and all winners donations, the local Palm Springs VFW Post 1534 received a donation of $1,650, the company says.

The Value Our Veterans program continued this spring as company leaders also recently participated in a Run Ranger Run to support veterans.

“Supporting our military veterans is near and dear to our hearts, which is why we started the ‘Value Our Veterans’ program,” says Wade Bontrager, CEO, National Truck Protection Co. Inc.

“We have employees who have served in the Army, Marines, Navy and Reserves. As an Army veteran myself, I know firsthand the challenges of transitioning back to civilian life after years of serving our country. So, our participation in the Run Ranger Run event can help proud vets who are uniquely qualified and have terrific work ethic to have rewarding careers in our great trucking industry.”