Wreaths Across America receives no government funding to support operations. Motivated and dedicated patriots across the country and at locations overseas power the Maine-based nonprofit organization. The mission to remember, honor, and teach is carried out daily by millions of citizens who care deeply for those who have served our nation in the armed forces, and their families. Some of these remarkable individuals are veterans themselves or come from military families while others are driven by a deep sense of patriotism and community service. 

Placing fresh, hand-made balsam remembrance wreaths on the headstones of veterans across the country in December requires tremendous logistics and unyielding support from the trucking industry.

Wreaths Across America shows its gratitude and appreciation for all those involved in transporting America's respect with "Trucking Tributes." These stories will introduce you to the men and women of the industry who make the mission possible.

The United States trucking industry is one of the biggest employers of military veterans. They know they're recruiting from the "best-of-the-best" when it comes to skills, work ethic, and professionalism.

Maverick Transportation LLC in Arkansas was started in 1980, and today Steve Williams, the son of a steel hauler owns the company. Steve learned the fundamentals from his father and built the business from the original flatbed company to a diversified trucking operation utilizing the latest industry technology.

Steve has not personally served in the U.S. Armed Forces but wholeheartedly supports military veterans and the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor, and teach according to Maverick's Temp Control Division Fleet Operations Manager Monica Garrett.

Monica is a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served five years of active duty before re-enlisting in 2008 as a Reservist. In 2017 she was transferred to the individual ready reserve.

Monica explains Maverick has a tremendous amount of pride hauling America's respect and not only do they assign the wreath loads to their drivers who are veterans but those drivers are some of the industry's best.

"We wanted to show that these guys were chosen by their peers to be selected as Driver-of-the-Year for our company."

U.S. Army veteran Roger Wyble was the first driver to haul a truckload of remembrance wreaths in 2015 for Maverick. In 2016, Maverick increased their support transporting three truckloads of wreaths delivering to the Lindsey Poyen CemeteryCentral Arkansas Area Cemeteries, the Romance Cemetery and Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery in North Little Rock and those drivers were also military veterans.

Maverick Driver and U.S. Army veteran Roger Wyble

Maverick Driver and U.S. Army veteran Roger Wyble

"As veterans, it gives our drivers a way to pay it back to others who have sacrificed their lives in service to our nation," states Monica. "They're proud to be hauling those wreaths."

Monica tells us Maverick has three hundred and forty-three employees who are veterans or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

"They're employed throughout Maverick Transportation LLC and represent every branch of the military. We had a special decal designed for our drivers they put on their trucks to show they served and they're proud of that."

Thank you, Maverick Transportation LLC. for your patriotism and tireless support of the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor and teach.

You can hear more from Maverick Transportation and our other patriots in our "Trucking Tributes" on Wreaths Across America Radio at 11:00 AM and again at 4:00 PM Eastern Monday-Friday.

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