Need an Automatic! Iraq I.E.D. blew off part of my leg

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by dbrober70, Jan 15, 2015.

  1. Jrdude5

    Jrdude5 Heavy Load Member

    Mar 26, 2013
    New York, NY
    Thank you for your service I was told Stevens Transport accommodate vet's by providing automatics.
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  3. EZ Money

    EZ Money Road Train Member

    Tyson is all automatics...They are hiring too.
    I forgot about them...
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  4. RetiredUSN

    RetiredUSN Medium Load Member

    Jan 9, 2015
    Thank You your service pards...........from a retired Navy Engineman. I don't know how nimble you are on the leg, but I have a ex-Marine friend here local that drives a flatbed everyday with a Prosthetic leg. (delivers sheetrock)
  5. PackRatTDI

    PackRatTDI Licensed to Ill

    Jul 15, 2006
    El Chuco, Tejas
    Tell them you're RoboCop.
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  6. windsmith

    windsmith Road Train Member

    Sep 2, 2011
    You don't need an automatic. There was a 60+ year old guy in my CDL class who was doing a recert and getting a waiver after having his left leg amputated. He passed and went back to work. We didn't have any automatics, and none of the trucks were any newer than 12 years old.
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  7. HBG

    HBG Light Load Member

    May 28, 2014
    US Xpress has autos, or at least they did a few years ago when someone I knew worked there, might be worth checking out
  8. Dr_Fandango44

    Dr_Fandango44 Road Train Member

    Aug 27, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Those IEDs are something else.
    I was thinking that you shouldn't underestimate your capabilities even though you lost part of your left leg.
    We had a very famous British WWII pilot called Douglas Bader who was shot down in his plane and lost BOTH legs from above the knee. He was also a POW.
    The doctors told him that he would never walk again.'
    He said "Sod that!!" and proceeded to walk on 2 false legs WITHOUT any walking sticks or crutches.
    I mean imagine that when such prosthetic legs were experimental.
    It took him awhile to figure it out and he had to learn how to walk again. But walk he did as if he had never lost them.
    But he did it and everyone was amazed. If he can do that, I'm sure you could broaden your horizons and never say NEVER.
    But good luck to you sir, and I'm glad you came out of that mess relatively unscathed.
    Something to be admired and it's amazing how you can adjust over time.
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  9. DenaliDad

    DenaliDad Retired Wheel Dog

    You would probably also qualify for a truck DP hang tag. If so, take it.
  10. double yellow

    double yellow Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    State of Jefferson
  11. TruckDuo

    TruckDuo Road Train Member

    Oct 21, 2012
    Chicago, IL
    US Xpress is going back to mostly an automatic fleet. Cascadia and Petes.
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