Since 2013, Progressive’s Keys to Progress program has provided more than 500 vehicles to veterans and veteran organizations. On April 7th, 2018, we expanded the Keys to Progress program by awarding Army veteran and OTR trucker James Rogers with the keys to a fully loaded Freightliner® rig, fulfilling his dreams of becoming an owner-operator.
With 11 years of military service to his name, including tours in Afghanistan and Korea, James was wounded in a rocket attack while on patrol. After a strenuous two-year recovery, he was eager to return to the workforce in an occupation that offered the same camaraderie and integrity as the military. He landed on trucking and the rest, as they say, is history.
By providing James with the keys to a better future, this hero’s life has changed forever; he now serves his country from the road as a trucker, small business owner and driving force in the American economy. Owning his rig gives James the opportunity to provide a better life for his family while having the freedom to live life on his own terms. In true warrior spirit, he uses his experience and influence to mentor and educate other veterans about opportunities in the trucking industry.
It was an honor to celebrate this soldier, father and driver. Good luck, James, on your owner-operator journey.
Progressive Commercial would like to thank the following vendors for their support.
St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund (SCF) is a longtime affiliate of Progressive Commercial and the leading charity dedicated to over-the-road truckers in need of assistance due to injury or illness. They helped identify the recipient and sourced additional donations to help James start his new life.
One of Progressive’s valued network repair shops, SelecTrucks/Houston Freightliner® volunteered staff, resources and hours of time to complete service, body and paint work, and upgrades to the truck free of charge – including all parts.