TRALA Partnering With U.S. Chamber on Hiring Veterans

Alexandria, VA – November 10, 2011 – TRALA, along with member company Ryder System, Inc., participated today in a Hire Our Heroes forum at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The forum included discussions among veterans groups, non-profit organizations and private sector executives. First Lady Michelle Obama addressed the group and declared the Administration's commitment to initiatives focused on promoting the hiring of veterans.

TRALA is actively working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to promote and facilitate the hiring of military veterans within the truck renting and leasing industry. Working through the Chamber's Hire Our Heroes program, TRALA is paving the way for hiring vets by streamlining diesel technician certification requirements and linking veterans seeking jobs with potential employers in the industry.

"Veterans bring character, dedication, leadership and in many cases a honed set of skills very much needed by our industry," said TRALA President and CEO Tom James.

A significant issue for TRALA is ensuring that appropriate skills and training received in the military are recognized in the private sector.  This transition and certification process is especially important in facilitating the hiring of veterans trained as diesel technicians.

TRALA will also be working with the U.S. Chamber and other partners to bring together job applicants leaving military service and employers. Regional job fairs, websites and other tools will be utilized by TRALA and its member companies in this effort.


TRALA, based in Alexandria, VA, is a voluntary, non-profit national trade association, organized in 1978 to provide a unified and focused voice for the truck renting and leasing industry. TRALA's membership includes more than 500 leasing and rental firms and 100 suppliers that make up nearly the entire truck renting and leasing industry. The renting and leasing industry is responsible for approximately 35 percent of all new Class 3 through 8 commercial truck registrations.