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.

When you learn about Brad Pinchuk's military service background, it's not hard to understand why his trucking company supports the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor, and teach.

Brad served in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer during the first Gulf War, his father served our nation during the Vietnam War, and his grandfather during World War II.

Brad is the President and CEO of Hirschbach Motor Lines which is in the temperature-controlled segment of the transportation industry primarily moving food products throughout the country. Hirschbach was founded in 1935, and about five years ago Brad and his partner, Tom Grojean Jr. purchased the company from Tom's father. Their focus has been on development, including driver retention, which resulted in major organic growth for the company.

Brad learned about Wreaths Across America through Hirschbach's membership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA).

"We thought that was a great cause to be involved with, and that is when we reached out to see how we could help," Brad shares. "We started out with one delivery that first year, two the next year, and have added an additional delivery each year."

Hirschbach Motor Lines has transported veterans' remembrance wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery and at various locations in the Midwest.

"We do a lottery each year to determine which of our drivers will have the privilege of hauling these wreaths to cemeteries. About a third of our company drivers are military veterans, and this has become very popular among them which is one of the reasons why we're increasing the number of deliveries we do."

Hirschbach driver James Gile and son Jay

Hirschbach driver James Gile and son Jay

In 2016, Steven Edwards, whose father served in the U.S. Army transported veterans' remembrance wreaths for Hirschbach. Other participating drivers included James Gile who has two sons who are paratroopers in the U.S. Army and Christopher Hupp who has personally served as a member of the U.S. Army

Brad's wife, Jillayne is an artist and she produces Hirschbach's annual holiday cards. Last year she painted one of the Hirschbach trucks at Arlington.

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"One of our customers who received the card made it a point to tell us how moved she was by the image, and it was the only card she kept after the holidays," Brad explained. "We're bringing her as our guest to this year's Gala for Wreaths Across America sponsored by TCA so she can learn more about the mission and effort."

Brad says it's a privilege for Hirschbach to be involved with Wreaths Across America. "Anything that we can do to help educate people about those who have given service to this country or are proud of those who have is important. From our standpoint, it's a relatively small thing to do, and we're proud to be a part of the mission."

In addition to supporting Wreaths Across America's mission to remember, honor and teach about six of Hirschbach's drivers have participated in relaying the traveling Vietnam Wall from Virginia to Illinois.

Thank you, Brad and the entire Hirschbach family for your patriotism and tireless support of the Wreaths Across America mission to remember, honor and teach.

You can hear more from Brad 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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