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Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the Petro in Gary, Ind. That’s located at Exit 9 off Interstates 90 and 84. Stop in, say hi to Jon, and join OOIDA for a $20 discount through July. See the full Spirit Schedule. Air date: July 20, 2018.

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People who have a reason to be thankful

At this time of year, it’s traditional for all of us to say what we’re thankful for. It almost always includes friends and family, and that’s certainly on my list. My health is another. Personally, I’m thankful to be doing what I’m doing, to not only have a job, but to have one where I feel every day like I’m helping people. I’m also thankful for the truckers out there – the ones I’ve met, and the ones I haven’t had an opportunity to meet yet. It’s been an honor to work on behalf of all of you, and I hope to do it for many years to come. Normally, I’d also talk about what truckers are thankful for, asking as many as I can for their list. But this year, I wanted to do something different. I wanted to tell the truckers who is thankful for them. Over the past year or two on this blog, we’ve been running a series of thank-you letters from members of our armed forces overseas who have received care packages paid for by the Truckers For Troops Telethon. Folks, this is your money. You are the sole reason this can happen. And I want each and every one of you who dug into your wallets in the toughest economy ever to understand just how much you are appreciated. So here is a series of links to the many thank-you letters we’ve run, so you can read them all. Many are addressed to OOIDA, or to Connie Becraft, one of the folks heavily involved in our efforts. But in reality, all of them are for you, the truck drivers. So here it is: your Thanksgiving message from our troops.


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