Lowell Wilderman, a retired Navy vet, was the lucky driver selected to captain the Ride of Pride VI.
GREEN BAY, Wis. — Schneider National has found a unique way to support military veterans, prisoners of war and missing-in-action soldiers.
Last month, Schneider added the patriotically painted Ride of Pride VI truck to its nationwide fleet. Lowell Wilderman, a retired Navy vet who has driven for Schneider for 17 years, will captain the special vehicle.
Prior to joining the Schneider fleet, the Ride of Pride VI (with Wilderman at the helm) participated in the Ride for Freedom, an annual event during which nearly a million motorcyclists ride through Washington, D.C., to promote POW-MIA issues. This years Ride for Freedom was held on May 27.
The Ride of Pride VI is a Freightliner Cascadia truck. Each year since 2001, employees at Freightliners Cleveland, N.C. plant have volunteered their time to design a Ride of Pride truck. This years design features images of a bald eagle, an American flag, a POW-MIA logo and military campaign ribbons from World War I to the Global War on Terror.
We had a large number of drivers request the Ride of Pride truck, so we selected one person from a pool of drivers with military service, said Darel Schoening, regional maintenance director for Schneider National and project lead for the Ride of Pride VI vehicle. The task of selecting a driver was especially difficult because over 35% of Schneiders 15,500 drivers are military vets a statistic we are extremely proud of.
Wilderman is thrilled to be at the helm of the Ride of Pride VI.
This is an experience of a lifetime, he said. I am honoured to get in the drivers seat and show our troops how much we care.
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